Tots as young as four can learn the energetic art of basketball by joining the Little Dunkers classes (for four to seven year olds) run by Dubai’s Basketball Academy. The classes concentrate on teaching the basics of the game, along with various exercises to keep youngsters fit and healthy. Basketball is great for overall cardio fitness as well as balance and hand-to- eye coordination. Sign them up, either by the term or by the month, for the twice-weekly, hour-long sessions. Term starts January 8. Dhs640 (for a month of classes).
Raffles International School. www.badubai.com (050 731 6745).
Swim like a champion
Want to get a head start on swimming like a pro? British Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, British Olympic freestyler, Craig Gibbons, Olympic finalist Velimir Stjepanovic and GB International Ross Douglas, will be running a swim clinic in Dubai on January 19. Aimed at those who have club-level ability, students will gain coaching and technical advice and be taught skills that will enable them to improve their overall swim styles. This four-hour clinic, at Star International School in Umm Sheif, will also cover stroke technique and efficiency and the drills and skills needed to improve flexibility, core stability and injury prevention. Afterwards, there will be a chance to collect autographs too. Keen water babies need to register ASAP.
firstname.lastname@example.org (050 325 5492).
Crackers about cricket?
Batty fans from age four and up can sign up on a monthly basis and learn the basics of cricket. The courses, run by JT’s Cricket Academy, focus on a range of skills so that kids can polish up on their fielding, bowling and batting skills. But be prepared for an early start: the classes run between 6.30am and 9.30am on Friday and Saturday mornings – and youngsters do two, two-hour sessions per week. You can pay by the month, and the sessions run through the year. Dhs400-500 per month (depending on the child’s age and level).
www.jtscricketacademy.com (050 695 5284).