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UAE sports academy to be set up

Agreement will allow students to pursue an education in sports

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Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute and Bani Yas Sports Club have signed an agreement to set up an academy that allows students to pursue sports education.

Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Chairman of Bani Yas Club, attended the signing ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Training Institute.

The academy, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will enable students after finishing grade nine to study at its various colleges where graduates will earn a general secondary school certificate in sports science.

The academy will follow the scientific and applied academic method to allow students who love sports to study the subject academically and graduate with a certificate that qualifies them to work and pursue higher sports education.

The move comes in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 for applied academic education in all walks of life, as well as developing the sports scene and leading it on scientific grounds.

Studying at the academy begins from grade 10, meaning that students should have finished grade nine successfully. There will be different majors and specialities including football, basketball and volleyball, as well as sports administration and training. Studying at the academy will feature three stages covering the three years, with 360 hours dedicated to sports specialities, an average of two sport hours every day.