Resolved to get fit or train your brain? Do it in JVT!

Happy New Year JVT neighbors!

As we begin 2019, I’m guessing many of us have made the required New Year resolutions. If you’ve made a deal with yourself to get fit, make it easy on yourself and check out all the options in the neighborhood.

You can try Boot Camp with Juandre, pilates with Sara, yoga with Audrey, play tennis with a buddy or join a game of hoops with some neighbors. You can take adult swim classes with High Performance swim or adult Judo with Budo Juku on Saturdays. Why not get a group of friends together and start a Bollywood dance class with Shiamak??

The kids will not be left out either. Hamilton Aquatics has recently started swim classes at Arcadia and The Football Academy is there with a fun soccer club for the young ones. Karate, Judo and Taekwondo are also available right here in JVT.

Have you made the New Year goal to improve your levels of focus and concentration? In that case, get in touch with Brain Gain. Our neighbor living right here in JVT offers these amazing classes for kids and adults to improve your cognitive skills that can give you improved emotional control, better sleeping betters and help with memory. Maybe it’s time to get both mentally and physically fit to ensure an incredible year ahead!

For all these activities and more, consult the Activities Listing or the handy calendar to find classes in the neighborhood on a particular day.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2019!

Linda

PS – If you have something new to list, let me know!

Here’s the list – activities in JVT for young and old !

School’s in session once again and many parents are looking for activities to help their kids build new life skills – whether it’s team sport or their creative talents.

There’s lots on offer right here in JVT. No need to cart your kids all across Dubai.

And adults – don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to stay fit and meet others in the neighborhood while you’re at it.

Here’s a quick review of the best stuff (scroll down for the link to full contact details):

Brain Gain is offering to get your kids up to scratch and school ready. Their program aimed at kids ages 4 and 5 years old helps them to master new skills they need to be happy at school. For older kids or adults, Brain Gain can help with concentration and focus. Check out what they offer and quote the JVT website for a free assessment (worth 200aed) valid anytime this month.

Juandre Kruger, a Reps level 3 certified instructor, is offering Boot Camp everyday but Saturday. One hour classes early morning or evening at Sunmarke. No reason not to get fit!

Judo and Taekwondo classes are always a hit with the kids. Budo Juku has been offering classes for the last few years here in JVT and has a full schedule to suit any kid’s agenda! Adult training is also available 🙂

Young ones ages 3 – 6 can sign up for First Step Soccer happening every Saturday morning at Arcadia with The Football Academy.

Let’s get wet! Sign up for swim class with High Performance Swim Club. They have it all covered from baby swimmers to teens and adults. Is it time to have a pro help you perfect your strokes? Give them a shout!

Just like to walk – reach out to the Winter Walkers. At the weather cools down, they should be out and about a lot more.

Check out the FULL LIST OF ACTIVITIES and check back regularly for new postings.

The JVT Calendar lets you view activities by date.

If you’ve got plans to start any other activities, let us know so we can inform the neighborhood!

After school classes in JVT. Let’s get moving!

It’s that time again – summer vacation is over and we are dressing children in their school uniforms. The regular routine is starting again. I expect many parents are thinking about how to keep their kids busy after school and expose them to new ideas and build new skills. Rest assured, once again there are a great number of fun activities to try right here in JVT thanks to an excellent line up at Sunmarke school. Kudos to Elaine Baille for her great line up of after school activities!

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I am happy to share my favorites below for which you can find all the details on the JVT community website by clicking here! There are many more activities as well that are hosted by residents. You can find these by browsing the same Activities page.

Energy expending classes top my list as youngsters really need to get out some pent up energy before bed!  Why not try the new soccer classes on offer by FCBEscola or the AC Milan Academy. Not only will your kids learn the skill of the game, they also gain many great life skills by participating in an organized team sport.

For individual sports, Judo and Taekwondo are amazing ways to get fit, increase flexibility and build mental strength as well. Get in touch with our great friends at Budo Juku who are running classes again this year at Sunmarke.

Shotokan Karate is also on offer right here in JVT with expert Sensei and former UK champion, Alex Gardner. Karate is another great means of self-defense and teaches respect, builds self-esteem and fosters confidence. Here is a short article on the difference between the three disciplines. Visit the Gulf Star website for more info. 

If dancing is your thing, you are in luck! The Shiamak Dance Workshop is now starting in JVT on Tuesdays – Thursday for children, juniors and adults. Their classes are a great means of self expression and a fun way to expend a lot of energy. You might find me at their Bollywood dance class! Check out their website to know more.

And there’s more to come. Swim classes, chess club and language classes in French, Spanish and Russian from qualifed teachers are all available right here in JVT. Details will be posted on the JVT website in the coming days. You can also get take many different home exercise classes on offer by some local residents. Check out the listing to view all the options.

PS – If you’ve got a home or group activity going that is not listed, get in touch! We are happy to mention any activities hosted by residents for free. Let’s get moving JVT!

Get the ‘Arcadia Experience’ this weekend and meet your JVT neighbors

Do you want to know what’s happening at Arcadia? This coming weekend you can find out first-hand. Teachers and administrators will be on hand this Saturday, 19th November from 9am – 12pm to take you around.

Get a tour of the beautiful facilities and sample their after-school offering as well this weekend. There is lots happening, particulary for the little tots, from gymnastics to music & movement classes. I loved Arcadia’s spring carnival in the park and surely this will be another great morning of fun!

Did you know that it’s also possible for community groups to rent out a space at the school? Find out more on Saturday.

By the way, today is the International Day of Tolerance. What better way to mark the day than putting this community event on your weekend calendar.  The best way to promote tolerance is getting to know others, learning about different cultures and embracing the fact that we are not all the same.

Let’s aim to make JVT the most welcoming community in Dubai!

Be sure to sign up to join the fun!

Release your kids pent-up energy with boxing classes in JVT

Always trying to keep the JVT community informed, I’ve uncovered some more new classes starting soon. I’m thrilled to give you the scoop and hope to throw a few punches myself when the adult training starts.

UBox was started by a group of individuals who saw a gap in the children’s physical activity segment here in Dubai. Having a team from the UK, they think it’s important to have fun while getting fit. Instilling discipline will also surely give students a great tool to succeed both academically and physically.  Their well thought out programme will encourage children to not just learn how to box, but work in teams, build trust, respect each other and do it all with a smile 🙂

When I spoke to Usman at UBox, he explained why they wanted to offer classes in JVT. “We understand that JVT is a new community and we’d like to give the community options for an activity which is just down the road! We decided to start operations at Arcadia School first where we can partner with Gulf Star Sports, who are a reputable and trusted extracurricular student activity specialist.”

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Boxes classes will be starting on Friday 28th October:

·         Ages 8-10 @10am

·         Ages 11-13 @12pm

·         Ages 14-16 @2pm

Classes cost 95 dirhams per session for a 4-week booking, with a discount for booking a 6-week block. There is potential to also hold sessions on Saturdays if the interest exceeds their expectations. Parent classes will be launched before the end of the year. Now, that sounds like a great plan to me !

Ready to sign your kids up? Click here for the on-line registration form. 

Questions?  Get in touch with UBox on +971 56 879 5571 / info@uboxdxb.com or visit their website.

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Looking to keep kids busy afterschool? Here are the options right here in JVT.

Now that kids are back in school yet again after the one-week Eid holidays, most parents are scheduling their after school activities to keep them occupied and fit. The choices across Dubai are overwhelming. You can keep your kids intellectually challenged with Maths, get them twirling or balancing with dance or gymnastics, teach them to swim or learn synchronized swimming, indulge in music, theatre or more. The list seems endless.

The biggest challenge for me has always been getting them there. I’m sure I’m not alone. ‘After school’ means that you will undoubtedly get stuck in rush hour traffic on your way there or back. For this reason alone, I suspect that many parents living in the neighbourhood will be happy to learn that a slew of fun pasttimes await your kids right here in JVT.

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I’ve compiled some information about what’s on offer:

Ballet, Gymnastics and Karate Classes at Arcadia Prepatory School with Gulf Star Sports should be starting from 9th October. Free trial lessons will be available so contact them now to get your spot. Tel: 052-9078179.

Furthermore, community groups can rent out the school facilities either at Arcadia through Gulf Star Sports by contacting Matthew Ralton on mattr@gulfstarsports.com or at Sunmarke by contacting the school manager Elaine Baillie on activitiesmanager@forteseducation.com

Sunmarke has already started with a broad array of options offered through a host of external vendors listed below. The times/dates indicated are those communicated on the school website.  I’ve given the time/date slots to make it easy to see if the offering fits within your schedule but please note these are consolidated timings of the different age specific classes on offer. Kindly contact the vendor directly for more information.

Badminton

5-6pm (Sun & Tues), 6-7pm (Thurs & Sat) Contact PSA Tel: 052-9078179.

Exercise class ‘Born to Move’

4-5pm (Mon) Contact: Stryx Gulf Tel: 0529007550

Swimming 

4-6pm (Sun & Tues), 1-5pm (Sat) Contact M&S Sports  Tel.: + 971 (0)4 457 2933

3-4:15 (Mon& Thurs) AquaTots and Beginner lessons with Swimming Warriors Tel: 055-880-3040

Football

4-7pm (Mon) & 8-11am (Sat) Contact M&S Sports Tel: 050-4405921
4-6pm (Sun) & 5-6pm (Tues) & 2:15 – 3:15pm (Thurs) Contact Elite FC Tel: 045-545-916
4-5pm (Sun) Contact FC Barcelona Tel: 055-8872426

Basketball

4-8pm (Sun), 4-9pm (Tues) Contact MPAC sports 04-385177
5-8pm (Mon & Wed),  9-1pm (Sat) Contact Basic Ball Tel: +056-167-0009

Gymnastics

3-6pm (Thurs) Contact Simply Gymnastics on 055 601 6095

Rythmic Gymnastics

5-7pm (Mon), 10-12pm (Sat) Contact Stryx Gymnastics Tel: +0529007550

Wado Ryu karate lessons conducted in Japanese!

4:45 – 7pm (Mon), 9am-12pm (Sat) Contact Budo Juko Tel: +971 50 2110 3981

Dance classes for ages 5 to adult are being offered by Step Up Academy every day of the week in the following styles:

  • Street Dance
  • RAD Ballet
  • IDTA Tap & Modern
  • Cheerleading
  • Musical Theatre
  • Lyrical Contemporary

Contact them for the complete schedule on Mobile: 971 55 855 2797 or info@stepup.ae

Robotics

2:45 – 4:45pm (Wed) Contact Premier Genie Tel: 0526656440

Art Appreciation

3:30 – 4:45pm (Sat) Contact Little Masterpieces Tel: 055-3877091

Math Whizz Kids

2:45 – 3:45pm (Sun & Mon), 3 – 5pm (Tues), 9:30 – 2pm (Sat) Contact Brain O Brain Tel: 055-1355747

Innovators & Entreprenuers

2:45 – 3:45 (Wed) & 2:15 – 3:15pm (Thurs) Contact I&E Academy Tel: 055-8622464

Russian Language Classes 

1:30 – 5:30 (Sun/Mon) Contact Headway Institute Tel:  +971 4 362 53 13

Let the fun begin !