Flying with DAF at UAE’s new high-performance squash academy


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Gulf Right now, Workers Reporter
The Flying DAF, a model new high-performance squash academy, has formally launched in Dubai with the mission of rising the grassroots sport and offering knowledgeable tuition for gamers.
Based by Egyptian nationwide Kanzy El Dafrawy, a US nationwide champion and former Girls’s world #22, The Flying DAF is constructed on three predominant pillars – professionalism, neighborhood and world-class teaching – and can present elite coaching plans by former skilled squash gamers for people of all ranges, ages and backgrounds.
Primarily based out of the five-star Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, The Flying DAF Squash Academy boasts 5 courts adjoining a stretch of beachfront luxurious resorts, together with J Membership, Jumeirah
Seashore Resort, the place 5 full-time coaches will lead quite a lot of squash-based health and technical courses in group or personal codecs, with people as younger as 5 years-of-age capable of take part.
“The Flying DAF Squash Academy’s method to coaching is fully-customisable to our gamers, no matter their stage. Squash is a sport for all and our holistic method to high-energy periods is designed to assist participant improvement no matter capability; we’re catering for abilities eyeing Skilled titles, seasoned amateurs and straight-forward hobbyists,” stated Dafrawy, who serves as head coach.
“Launching the academy is the fruits of my life’s work, which I’ve devoted to the sport. After successful titles world wide throughout my skilled years, that is my greatest problem and I can’t wait to share my experience and expertise with Dubai.
“We’ve an enormous concentrate on making a developmental pathway, most clearly with faculty teams so we are able to actually start shaping the following UAE and world champions as early as attainable. However we additionally perceive the necessary function health with a touch of competitiveness can play within the well-being of adults. No-one is simply too new or too superior to squash to be part of our neighborhood,” she added.
A part of the launch has seen Dafrawy proceed her working relationship with Harrow, a profession sponsor of the star participant, and main producer of squash gear and high-quality signature rackets.
Their hands-on enter to the tools and equipment supplied all through is yet one more elevated differential from what has gone earlier than.
Famend for her athleticism and absolute dedication to each level, Dafrawy’s unimaginable sprawling leaps across the court docket earned her the nickname ‘The Flying Daf’ on the professional circuit.
Having now retired from the skilled sport, Dafrawy has coached in France, Germany, South Africa, Jordan, Netherlands, Canada, Egypt and the US. After an expert profession by which she claimed 9 Skilled Squash Affiliation titles and rose to quantity 22 on the earth rankings, Dafrawy is raring to provide again.
“A part of our providing to youthful members shall be a mentorship programme based mostly on the one I benefited from in my developmental years,” added the 27-year-old. “We need to present an avenue into elite schooling and coaching overseas, whereas constructing a home squash neighborhood which creates native, regional and worldwide champions over time.”

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