Our Junior Padel Academy is designed to train kids between the ages of 8 and 12 the sport of Padel, in a fun, supportive and enjoyable environment with the best coaches in the UAE.
Registrations are now closed but keep your eyes on this page to be among the first ones to register for our next term!
At McDonald’s UAE, we believe in creating accessible social experiences for everyone to enjoy – and our Junior Padel Academy does exactly that. We’re excited to make the world’s fastest growing sport accessible to kids aged 8 to 12, giving them the opportunity to sharpen their skills, have fun, socialize and grow while learning the basics of this new and exciting game.
Secure your child's spot today with a registration fee of just AED 100! The rest of the Academy expenses – from training to coaches – are on us.
McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy is available in three Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. You can choose the most convenient location from the available options in each Emirate.
The simple, fun and inclusive nature of Padel makes it the perfect choice for families and groups of friends looking for an entertaining and active way to spend time together. We’ve always been committed to providing experiences that bring people together and spread feel-good moments, and the McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy is a natural extension of this commitment.
McDonald’s UAE has been proudly operating in the nation since 1994, catering to the local community through more than 200 geographically located restaurants. In every restaurant at every location, we ensure that we maintain the highest quality of products, guaranteeing our long-standing promise of giving you food you can trust.
As a responsible corporate citizen, we also take our commitment to corporate social responsibility seriously. Through our longstanding partnership with Emirates Red Crescent, we support their charitable and humanitarian initiatives. Additionally, we have been working with the Emirates Environmental Group for over 20 years to promote sustainable initiatives and reduce the nation's carbon footprint.
Further, in July 2011, we launched our biodiesel initiative, which sees 100% of our used cooking oil collected from restaurants and converted into 100% biodiesel to power our logistics fleet. As a result of this program, McDonald’s trucks have traveled over 20 million km on 100% biodiesel since the initiative was launched, saving over 25 million kg of CO2 emissions.
The McDonald's Junior Padel Academy offers padel training to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12. The Academy is aimed at making padel facilities accessible to kids and providing them with the opportunity to learn from the best coaches in the UAE. The Academy's goal is to encourage kids to learn a sport that is gaining popularity worldwide and will encourage them to develop their team spirit.
Participating kids must be between 8 and 12 years old and must have a valid UAE residence permit and be available for the entirety of the 10-week program and each weekly 90-minute session.
Yes, there is a registration fee of only AED 100 per kid to secure their spot, however, the academy fees (court rental and coaches) will be covered by McDonald’s UAE in full, throughout the term. Once you have registered your kid(s), McDonald’s UAE team and its partners will reach out separately to send you a payment link for the registration fees.
Term 2 will commence from September 23 and will run weekly; every Saturday until November 25, 2023, with each lesson lasting 90 minutes.
The Academy takes place at leading padel clubs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Parents will be able to select the padel club that is closest and most convenient to them. Participating padel clubs include:
Parents (or a parent) can register up to 4 kids as participants between 8 and 12 years old.
It’s in your kids best interest to attend all weekly lessons so they don’t drop behind in their group and to really reap the benefits of our program. Kids that do not show up for the first lesson on September 23 and have not paid their registration fee will lose their spot in the academy. .
No. Once you have selected and registered your kids in a club and a specific time, you will not be able to change clubs as kids take time to adapt to new environments and the academy will run at full capacity in each club. .
Yes, McDonald's UAE will gift the participating kids branded jerseys to be worn during all the lessons. The jerseys will be distributed at the clubs on September 23.
Parents shall be responsible for the transportation of their kids to and from the agreed location at their own cost and are kindly requested to ensure their kids are dropped off and picked up on time.
No, McDonald's UAE shall not be liable for any misconduct by participants or any physical harm that may occur in the normal course of practicing padel.
Yes, there will be an awards ceremony on the last day of the Academy. Parents will be invited to attend and cheer on their kids as they showcase the skills they have learned at the Academy, before we wrap up the academy with a mini ceremony where kids will receive medals for their efforts and certificates to commemorate their newly acquired skills.
Yes, Term 3 is scheduled to take place in 2024. However, the exact dates for Term 3 have not been announced yet. Keep an eye out for further updates on the McDonald's UAE website or social media pages.
It is recommended for the kids to bring water and a padel racket, however, the kids will be provided with padel rackets at the academy should they not have one.
Yes they can, however, priority will be given to new kids and returning kids will be put on a waiting list. Our aim is to provide all kids aged 8-12 in the UAE with equal opportunity to learn and take up padel.
Yes, every padel club has a seating area or a cafeteria where you can catch up on work or watch your kid training.
No, it’s not required, unless you would like to.
No. The lessons we offer at our junior academy are for beginners.
By the end of the Academy, your kids would have learned the general rules of Padel and basic play, where they will be able to serve, return balls, practice the best use of forehand and backhand shots and playing off the glass wall.
McDonald’s UAE and the padel clubs are not responsible for looking after the kids once the lessons finish, so we ask all parents to pick up their kids on time.
The McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy is a 10-week program, offering eligible kids the chance to participate in fun, entry-level padel sessions.
In order to be eligible for the program, each applicant, at the time of entry, should be:
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Participation in the McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy shall be subject to the following Terms & Conditions:
The participant’s age is to be between 8 and 12 years old and participation shall be limited to kids with valid UAE residence permits.
Parents (or a parent) shall be allowed to register up to 4 kids as participants.
There will be no charges for participating, as court costs shall be covered by Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE)
Term 1 will run from May 6 – July 8, 2023 on 10 consecutive Saturdays, each session shall be for two (2) hours for each participant. Participation shall be discontinued for participants who fail to show up for two consecutive sessions (unless they produce a valid excuse).
The coaching and training shall take place at the locations decided by Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE) in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. The parents shall choose the location that best suits them. However, this may not be changed in the course of the same Term.
Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE) shall be gifting the participating kids with branded jerseys.
Parents shall be responsible for transportation of their kids to and from the agreed location and at their own cost and risk.
Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE) shall not be liable for any misconduct by participants or any physical harm that may occur in the normal course of practicing the paddle sport.
I, we, hereby declare that we have read and understood the Terms & Conditions of participation in the McDonald’s Junior Paddle Academy and agree to complying with the contents thereof.
We hereby expressly and irrevocably release and discharge Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE)from all liabilities of any kind whatsoever that may occur to our children in the course of practising the paddle sport except for cases of major fault or gross negligence which may be proven by a final court order to have been committed by Emirates Fast Food Company LLC. (McDonald’s UAE) or their officers or subordinates.