DUBAI, UAE – 05 May 2023
McDonald's UAE has launched the McDonald's Junior Padel Academy that is aimed to promote accessible and social experiences for families. The Academy will provide kids free access to padel clubs and experienced coaches and will run for 10 weeks in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, starting from May 6th. Kids can enjoy weekly two-hour sessions held every Saturday, with seven established padel clubs across 48 courts offering the program.
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 while creating a positive impact on their overall well-being. McDonald's UAE has created a weekly activity schedule that teaches padel techniques and skills to kids concluding with a friendly internal competition.
Commenting on the launch, Walid Fakih, CEO at McDonald’s UAE, said, “We are excited to launch the McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy, which is in line with our commitment to promoting an active lifestyle for families, and we believe that padel is a sport that can help us achieve this goal. We want to make this exciting sport accessible to kids across the UAE and encourage them to develop new skills while having fun. Our aim is to create a welcoming environment where kids can learn, grow, and bond over the game of padel."
McDonald’s UAE will continue to contribute to the rise of padel in the nation, as the announcement follows its sponsorship of the World Padel Tour’s (WPT) first ever Abu Dhabi Padel Master tournament, that took place earlier this year.
For more information, please visit www.mcdpadelacademy.ae .
Participating padel clubs include:
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McDonald’s UAE prides itself on being a local member of the community and has been committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen since its arrival to the nation. Following an active social responsibility agenda, it is a long-standing partner of Emirates Red Crescent supporting its charitable and humanitarian initiatives.
To further contribute to the wellbeing of the communities, creating wider environmental benefits, McDonald’ s UAE and Emirates Environmental Group work in tandem to spread green values and bring to life sustainable initiatives, reducing the nation’s carbon footprint. Driving this is the launch of its biodiesel initiative in July 2011, which sees 100% of McDonald’s UAE’s used cooking oil collected from restaurants and converted into 100% biodiesel, in turn powering the company’s logistics fleet. As a result, the trucks have traveled over 23.6 million km on 100% Biodiesel since the partnership began, saving over 25 million kg CO2e 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.