Swim­ming comes out top in sport­ing sur­vey

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Swim­ming is the favourite sport of Emi­rati girls, a new re­port has found. The Fa­tima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Acad­emy has con­ducted a study to ex­plore the sports pref­er­ences of young Emi­rati women. The study, cov­er­ing a sam­ple of 395 fe­male pub­lic school stu­dents aged 10-12 years, showed that the vast ma­jor­ity (84 per cent) pref­ered team sports, such as foot­ball, basketball and vol­ley­ball, to in­di­vid­ual sports. How­ever, the most pop­u­lar sport over­all was swim­ming, with 40 per cent of re­spon­dents say­ing it was their favourite. Sec­ond was foot­ball (38 per cent). The study also found a con­nec­tion between par­ents’ exercising habits and chil­dren’s in­cli­na­tion to pur­sue sports out­side school, and ex­am­ined chil­dren’s mo­ti­va­tion for exercising. The study was con­ducted dur­ing the Abu Dhabi Is­lamic Bank (ADIB) PasS­port pro­gramme by the FBMA. The pro­gramme took place at the Al For­san In­ter­na­tional Sports Re­sort in Abu Dhabi from April 24 - May 4 with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 1,800 girls aged between 10 and 12 years.

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