Centre of Excellence

The Jebel Ali International Centre of Excellence comprises a Sports Academy and Leadership Centre which provides training and development facilities and activities for sports clubs, schools, youth clubs and corporate businesses from across the globe. The facility is located within the 168 acre grounds of the Jebel Ali International Shooting Club.

Centre of Excellence
Jebel Ali International Hotels developed the Centre of Excellence in conjunction with My Group Direct. The concept was initiated by two former England international footballers Viv Anderson MBE and Tony Woodcock, who identified the need for a comprehensive warm weather training facility in Dubai.

The Centre of Excellence contains a grassed area under floodlights that accommodates two full-sized pitches. These benefit from state-of-the-art technology such as computer-controlled underground irrigation, fertilisation, drying and aerating capabilities. Visiting teams and associations are guaranteed maximum training time, as the playing surface is kept in excellent condition without any disruptive maintenance downtime. The Centre of Excellence also offers an impressive selection of training equipment, treatment rooms and private changing facilities.

In addition to catering for international clubs, the Sports Academy also offers local schools programmes, seasonal training courses and corporate leagues. The FA has also recognised the exceptional learning environment for sport, business and education. The Centre is one of the few facilities outside the United Kingdom to be awarded Approved Centre status allowing the Centre of Excellence to run Level One FA Learning courses.

The Centre of Excellence and the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa offer visiting teams the following facilities and amenities:

  - On site floodlit training pitches
  - A functional gymnasium
  - On site changing facilities
  - On site treatment rooms
  - Accommodation at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa which ensures privacy and a degree of anonymity
  - Preparation of tailor-made cuisine to meet the exacting requirements of the professional sportsman
  - Laundry facilities which deliver a rapid turnaround of training kit
  - Meeting/class rooms
  - A ‘controlled’ environment where management can regulate the activities of their team members


Leadership Centre
The Leadership Centre at the Jebel Ali International Centre of Excellence provides a range of activities which will challenge, motivate and inspire management and team development. Both interactive and innovative, these outdoor challenges mirror real situations experienced within a work environment and address the practical aspects of communication, motivation, conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making.

Umbro Football Training Academy
The Jebel Ali International Centre of Excellence is proud to re-open the 2nd term of the Umbro Football Academy on the 24th February which will run for 12 weeks. Dubai's leading football facility welcomes all aspiring football players from the age of 5 up to16yrs for the training course. Coached by ex-professional football players Mick Leonard and Chris Brown, youngsters are encouraged to maximize their talent and enjoy competing in inter-academy games. As the leading football facility in Dubai, the centre has played host to some top international football teams, from the UK Bolton Wanders, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham to the Ghanaian national team, to name but a few.