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Sport Talks! Issue 1, Summer Term 2012

Welcome to the very first edition of Sport Talks! your regular newsletter from M&S Sports Services. Inside this issue, Get set for Summer - details of our summer camps programme, Offside - update from our football team and Poolside - news from the M&S Swim Stars. It’s been an eventful but exciting twelve months for everyone at M&S Sports and as we look forward to our first action packed summer, it is nice to reflect on the last year in our maiden newsletter. I hope your M&S experience has been a good one and thank you to all our parents for your continuing support. Have a great summer break and if we don’t see you at camp, see you in September! Mark Gaitskell Managing Director, M&S Sports

Get set for Summer! Holiday Camps with the dream team, Mr Terry and Coach AJ! When: Where: Location: Times: Cost:

Sunday 1st July - Thursday 30th August Emirates English Speaking School, Al Safa 1 (Next door to JESS Jumeirah) 9am - 2pm Sunday to Thursday (early drop off from 8am) AED 750 per child per week*

*SIBLING DISCOUNT! Book for two or more children from the same family and save 10% per child per week! *MULTI-WEEK DISCOUNT! Book for multiple weeks and save 10% per child per week. To book email us on or SMS to 056 759 0702.

Swim Camps with M&S Sports When: Where: Times: Cost:

Sunday 1st July - Thursday 12th July JESS Jumeirah Sessions between 4pm - 6pm Sunday to Thursday AED 300 per child per week

PLUS Don’t miss our Kickstart September Swim taking place from Sunday 26th - Thursday 30th August - email BQ for more info!

Highlights from our very first year.....

Website Launch November 2011

Football Tournament January 2012

Charity Gala March 2012

Safa Partnership March 2012

Coach AJ Joins! April 2012

Swim Kilimanjaro May 2012

Safa Project June 2012


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M&S Sports launches at the new Safa School site with brand new sports facilities we’ve built ourselves! Kickstart September Swim with an intensive week of swim camp (26th - 30th August) Email for info! JESS Ranches joins the M&S Sports Family! Complete swim programme from Baby Splash through to Adult Masters and everything in between.

Call: 056 759 0702

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It has been a roller-coaster year for the M&S Football team, starting the year with three venues and ending the year with eight. There have been highs and there have been lows, new faces and old ones, but what has remained has been the focus on the quality of the programme delivered and we can say honestly we have been delighted with the progress made at all our venues across the UAE. It is very simple to place a few cones down onto the floor and let children ‘have a kick-about’, what isn’t so simple is producing a programme that caters for the individuality of each and every child within a team context and that can be said from both a technical and a psychological viewpoint. I hope that you as parents and your fantastic children have seen that there is always a ‘method behind the madness’ as we strive to create learning through fun and develop your children as people and not just players. Trying to summarise the year into a paragraph is not an easy task, we have built and sustained programmes across the UAE; at SRS where we have been all year (thank you Joyce) we have taken two teams to two separate tournaments, providing children with valuable life experience and a focus on participation and enjoyment over winning (the children want to do that on their own!) At UAS the enthusiasm from the children is off the richter scale. The fantastic girls squad we now have at JESS Jumeirah which started with just two girls and is now twenty-four! Our loyal mini-kickers at Star Mirdif and Raffles, and after long negotiations our first programme in Abu Dhabi at Al Forsan International Sports resort…the list goes on… I would like to personally thank some of the staff who have supported us this year; Joyce (SRS), Ben and Annie (JESS Jumeirah), Donna (UAS), Carlos (Al Forsan), Colin (Raffles) I could write a very long list. All of the coaches who are still with us and those who unfortunately are not, they have all played a part and most importantly you the parents, without whom M&S simply would not be possible. Thank you for all of your support. With many exciting venues coming, including the one we are building ourselves and under Coach AJ’s leadership at M&S Football we look forward to a bright future (a black and yellow one!!!) and hope you will be part of that with us! Mark Gaitskell - Managing Director


It has been a fantastic year for M&S Swim! Alongside our regular swim programme, we have taken part in a number of charity swim events and run three successful swim camps! We have had strong support from a future Olympian and we are currently building our very own pools at Safa....... Here are some of the highlights from the past year.

JESS Jumeirah! Our JESS Jumeirah programme is bursting at the seams with over 300 M&S Swim Stars busy working their way through our star levels. JESS Ranches! We are delighted to announce that from September we will also be running the swim progarmme at JESS Ranches. Our progarmme will include Baby Splash, Learn to Swim, Development, Squads and Masters. Charity Gala and Swim Kilimanjaro! Over 120 M&S Swim Stars took part in our Charity Swim Gala back in March and we raised over AED 6000 for the Al Ihsan Charity Centre in Ajman. Later on in the year, our Swim Stars supported Mr Ben Parnell, Head of PE from JESS Jumeirah and helped him to swim the height of Kilimanjaro raising over AED 10,000 for the Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania. Mr Parnell is taking part in the Gulf for Good Mount Kilimanjaro climb in July - Good Luck Ben from everyone at M&S Sports! Andrew Chetcuti! We have had lots of support this year from Andrew Chetcuti. Andrew, a former Head Boy from Dubai College is swimming for Malta in the Olympics this summer. We would like to say a BIG thank you to Andrew for all his support and the inspiration he has provided for our swimmers. GOOD LUCK in London Andrew, we will be cheering for you! Safa Partnership! Our exciting partnership with Safa School means that from September we will be running a full swim programne from Baby Splash right through to Adult Masters with everything in between, in our brand new pools at the new Meydan Street site. The Safa Aquatics programme will be headed up by Coach Ray Magardie, ex Head of PE at Nibras. Coach Ray (or Sting Ray as he will be known) is really excited to be joining the M&S Team. Go Coach Sting Ray!

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Thank You! Finally, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our coaches, YOU our parents and to all our wonderful swimmers. Have a fabulous summer and if we don’t see you at camp, see you in September! Love BQ x

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Sport Talks!  

The regular newsletter from M&S Sports Services.