With the Olympics now finished and the weather (slowly) beginning to cool, we think it’s high time to head outside and shake off the summer lethargy. The city’s multitude of sports leagues are now starting to rev up for the season: we’ve picked 12 of the most interesting, exciting and sociable for you to try.American footballName of League:
Emirates American Football League (EAFL).Who can play?
This league is open to men only, but there’s also a youth league (for kids aged nine and above) and a junior league (for those aged 14-plus). No previous experience required.What to expect?
Full-contact tackling (taught by certified coaches), running, jumping, throwing, catching and blocking. And touchdowns, of course.Why play?
Boost your fitness levels, release aggression and learn the benefits of teamwork.How much?
There’s a one-time joining fee of Dhs500, plus an annual membership of Dhs1,500, which includes participation in training camps, weekly practice sessions, six regular games and a chance to play for the UAE national team.When?
Starts Sunday September 16, continuing until March 2013. Practice sessions are held twice a week, with games at weekends between October and March.How do I join?
, see www.eafl.ae
or contact league coordinator Karyn Macdonald (050 457 4160).