Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
P.O.Box: 7144, Abu Dhabi - UAE
Ghantoot Defeat Habtoor 9-7 in High Goal ‘Royal Signature’ Event
Abu Dhabi Side Gets Confidence Boost Ahead of Next Week's Gold Cup
Dhs 112,000 raised for Al Ain Private Centre for Care and Rehabilitation
Abu Dhabi, 23rd of February 2013: A high-goal charity match at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club has raised Dh112,000 for the Al Ain Private Centre for Care & Rehabilitation this evening after the hosts beat Habtoor Polo in a 9-7 clash.
The 20-goal match, the highest handicapped polo to be played in the UAE this season was a new addition to Ghantoot’s polo calendar and is held under the patronage of the club’s chairman, HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Both sides are about to contest the Dubai Gold Cup, which takes place at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club all next week. Ghantoot’s victory over defending champions, Habtoor Polo at this stage will bring a lot of confidence to the Royal club.
Ghantoot’s Facundo Sola scored six goals, Juan Jaurechte two and Emirati player, Ahmed Al Nueimi one. For Habtoor, Martinez Ferrairo got four, while Mohammed al Habtoor, Guillermo Cuitino and Salvador Ulloa all got one.
“To win a charity match for such a good cause is a really great feeling, said Ghantoot’s Facundo Sola. “It was a very exciting game, which is what you would expect from 20-goal polo.
“We know we are playing well, having just missed out in the semi-final of the Dubai Silver Cup last week, when losing 10-9 to Abu Dhabi. Habtoor went on to win that tournament and they are obviously a team in great form, so our win today was a fantastic confidence boost.”
Ghantoot face a rematch with Saudi Arabian side, Zedan Polo in the opening game of the Dubai Gold Cup on Monday, and Zedan will be out for revenge after Ghantoot dumped them out of the Silver Cup last week.
“There is a lot to play for next week and having got so close in the Silver Cup, it just makes us all the more hungry for success in the Gold Cup. We know all the sides very well and we know exactly what they are capable of.
“There are no easy matches in any of the tournaments in the UAE so we hope we can continue in the same vein on Monday,” said Sola, who emerged as the Silver Cup’s highest goal scorer with a total of 16 for the tournament.
H E. Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, Vice Chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club said: “We would like to extend our thanks to all the people who supported us today. It was a fun, family day out and that is exactly what we hoped to achieve in organising this match.”
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club would like to extend its thanks to French painter, Remi Bertoche who generously donated one of his works of art to the charity auction, as well as Aigner the supporting sponsor, Media Partner, Al Medmar Magazine, Exclusive Polo Media Partner, Polo Line International and PQ Magazine.
The Al Ain Private Center for Care and Rehabilitation was founded in 1999 through the personal initiative of a father of an autistic child.
The center was established to provide basic education and care services for limited number of children who required extra help. A non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organisation, the centre is currently housed in a villa with 20 classrooms to provide education and rehabilitation to 120 children.
The facility can also house residential pupils and it currently hosts 73 children of which 33 come from GCC counties.
Family Polo Day
Please refer to below the details given regarding the event:
TEAMED UP TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Board of Directors of Gantoot Racing & Polo Club presents Ghantoot-APCCR Family Polo Day 2013, a `must to attend` event that will have place on 23rd of February starting with 3:00pm.
The Polo Exhibition match will have the highest handicap (20), Open Modality and teams involved: Habtoor Polo Team vs. Ghantoot Polo Team.
Sharing and Giving to the less fortunate. What if...
A charity event organized for Al Ain Private Center for Care and Rehabilitation.
The Exhibition Polo Match will be promoted in all collages and schools over UAE (over 18000 students).
All raised funds will be 100% donated to Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation.
Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation for children with special Needs (APCCR) was founded in 1999 by a personal initiative of a father of an autistic child. The center was established to provide basic education and care services for a limited numbers of mentally retarded children. APCCR was founded as a non profit, non governmental humanitarian organization to provide rehabilitation and care services for children with special needs. The day center is currently housed in a villa with 20 classrooms that provide education, rehabilitation and services for 180 children. APCCR not only provide day care programs, they also provides the only residential facility in the UAE. Current the residential home hosts 73 children of which 33 come from GCC counties.
The children from the center are also invite prior to official opening for a private meeting with horses and polo players. A lot of fun activities are expecting the little ones to enjoy a perfect weekend day surrounded by the ones who loves and cares for them the most.
About APCCR- Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation
Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation for children with special Needs (APCCR) was founded in 1999 by a personal initiative of a father of a Autistic child. The center was established to provide basic education and care services for a limited numbers of mentally retarded children.
APCCR was founded as a non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organization to provide rehabilitation and care services for children with special needs. The day center is currently housed in a villa with 20 classrooms that provide education, rehabilitation and services for 180 children.
APCCR not only provide day care programs, they also provides the only residential facility in the UAE. Current the residential home hosts 73 children of which 33 come from GCC counties.
With the growing demands for special needs services, plans and designs to build a new center were formulated along with international standards. Groundwork began late 2009 but the center is still not funded and is depending on support from outside.
This center is expected to be a beacon of hope for individual with disabilities and their families and to contribute in shaping the future of services and facilities for children with disabilities in the UAE and in the region.
Some further quick facts about the center
Contact ACCR Dr. Ahmed Al Sayed Suleiman +97150 830 31 00
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Governing Partner – Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC)
The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was created by Decree No. (16) of 2006 issued by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
ADSC’s role is to support and monitor sports clubs and sport institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and to supervise sporting events held in Abu Dhabi to make sure they comply with the international standards.
Use the culture of sport professionalism, as well as very well based systematic performance methods, to create sport-proactive environment that will help avail ample opportunities to develop sport and investment in Abu Dhabi.
To realize the integration between sports and the society in order to have a healthy and sportive community that will help achieve the plans, ambitions, and expectations of Abu Dhabi Government.
About Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was founded 1997 and is a private, royal venue sprung up around the vision of the late President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and today run under the patronage of his son His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nayhan.
Set in 300 hectares of lush grassland, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club boasts world-class polo and equestrian facilities. The property showcases a total of eight polo fields (3 floodlit), stables for over 200 top-class polo ponies and a 2,000-seater grandstand equipped with VIP entrance, media facilities and business centre.
The Clubs colonial style Clubhouse includes dining facilities with outstanding views of the polo field as well as an opulent swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium.
The club, known as one of the most prestigious and exclusive polo clubs in the region, is ideally situated just 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi City Centre and 15 minutes from Dubai Marina. Through out the year, His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nayhan invites the public to visit and enjoy polo tournaments, music concerts and other festive activities hosted at the club. To find out more about upcoming polo events, join our facebook fan page under “Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club or visit www.grpc.ae
Ghantoot –APCCR Family Polo Day
Saturday, 23rd of February 2013
Exhibition Polo Match
Habtoor Polo Team vs Ghantoot Polo Team
Ahmed Al Neaimi (0 Hcp)
Juan Jauretche (5 Hcp)
Hugo Barabucci (7 Hcp)
Facundo Sola (8 Hcp)
Total Team Handicap 20
Habtoor Polo Team
1. Habtoor Al Habtoor (0 Hcp)…1
2. Guillermo Cuitino (6 Hcp)…....4
3. Martinez Ferrairo (7 Hcp) …...2
4. Salvador Ulloa (7 Hcp)…….....3
Total Team Handicap 20
PROGRAM OF EVENT
3:00PM - Gates open Family activities with Kids fun-zone, camel and pony rides, meet the polo players and some others fun surprises. Food & Beverages are available on food-cord stands. Families are welcome to bring a Picnic Basket.
4:45PM - Stick and ball warm up Team
4:55PM - National Anthem
5:00PM - Polo Exhibition Game: Ghantoot Polo Team vs. Habtoor Polo Team
6:15PM - Awarding Ceremony & Cheque Donation giving
6:30PM - Art Auction
7:00PM - Raffle Draw Prize
Emma Kreiter, Marketing Manager