Sport plays a central role in the extra curricular life of Dubai College and provides every student with the opportunity to develop to the very best of their physical ability. Every individual is able to practice their sporting interests, which helps develop healthy, active lifestyles and social interaction. Representative opportunities are available through our House programme and those who excel at particular sporting activity are encouraged to represent the College in inter school fixtures.

Dubai College has a strong tradition of inter and intra school competition. Regular fixtures are played throughout the week, as well as weekends. All students are given opportunities to participate in competitive situations, and encouraged to develop a regular and active lifestyle. The College also offers a wide range of lunchtime and after school sports clubs that students can opt to participate in to further their sporting experience

 

Dubai College hosts a number of sports tournaments throughout the year and enjoys an enviable amount of sporting success in a wide variety of competitions throughout Dubai and the UAE. Additionally, there are overseas Sports tours during this academic year, which will provide our students with new sporting opportunities and challenges.

Athletics and Cross Country

Athletics is very much a growth sport in Dubai with more and more school competitions appearing each year. The college takes part in all of the major events for both boys and girls hosting the girls’ championships and organizing the Hatta Cross Country run along with the schools own House Athletics competition and the Primary Schools Championships. The athletics season begins in January culminating at the end of March with all of the major events taking place at the end of the season.

The College has always produced strong athletics teams and maintains a high standard of success in all of the major schools events in Dubai.

 

Squads and Training

Athletics offers a wide variety of events and as such training for specific events will take place twice a week throughout term 2 of the academic year. Training is open to every year group in school for both boys and girls. Competitions vary from the girls and boys Championships to the Fab 5 Athletics matches and accommodate all boys and girls from every age range.

 

 

Cricket

 

Cricket has vastly developed over the last few years due to the hard work and dedication of staff and students. The three main cricket squads start their training mid-October and start off their seasons with various hard ball matches against a small number of schools in Dubai & Abu Dhabi who play this format of Cricket. DC has built up a reputation of strength in the sport that has enticed various schools from the UK to play the school on their tours of the region along with producing players who have represented the UAE. The senior team are regular participants in the U19 ARCH trophy that takes place in March, DC are formidable opponents for whichever of the teams from around the globe they come up against. The Cricket season is extended by a ‘tape ball’ league for schools in Dubai.

 

Squads

The school has three Cricket squads – Junior boys (years 7 & 8), Intermediate boys (years 8, 9 & 10) & Senior boys (years 10 and above)

 

Competition – league / tournaments / fixture list

The teams compete in the annual Tape Ball league for Dubai schools. This takes place during the third term. The senior team enter the annual U19 ARCH trophy. The fixture lists always contains various fixtures against touring schools from the UK and further a field. Teams that have been hosted by DC in the past include Shrewsbury, Harrow and Winchester.

Boys Basketball

 

Basketball is a fast and exciting game that proves to be very popular for the students of Dubai College. Home matches and training take place in the indoor sports-hall whilst there is an outdoor court for recreational play and practice. The college takes part in the Dubai Schools Basketball League producing strong teams at every age group where they are regularly competing for top honors. As well as league games there are House basketball tournaments along with numerous friendly matches against schools from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Squads and Training

There are four main age categories: U12, U14, U16 and U18 with the College.  The U16 and U18 teams compete during Term 1 and will train twice a week during this period along with league fixtures and friendly matches. Training will begin for the U12 and U14 teams during Term 2 building towards their competitive season which begins in Term 3.

Girls' Basketball

 

Basketball is a fast and exciting game that proves to be very popular for the students of Dubai College. Home matches and training take place in the indoor sports hall whilst there is an outdoor court for recreational play and practice. The college takes part in the Dubai Schools Basketball League producing strong teams at every age group where they are regularly competing for top honors. As well as league games there are House basketball tournaments along with numerous friendly matches against schools from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Squads and Training

There are four main age categories: U12, U14, U16 and U18 with the College.  The U16 and U18 teams compete during Term 1 and will train twice a week during this period along with league fixtures and friendly matches. Training will begin for the U12 and U14 teams during Term 2 building towards their competitive season which begins in Term 3.

 

 

Boys Football

 

Boys’ football is a very popular activity within the College and is played throughout all years during the first term. The teams have enjoyed tremendous success both in Schools leagues and numerous tournaments.

 

Squads

The College runs teams at Under 12, 14, U16 and U18 for the Dubai Schools Leagues and Cup competition, which are played predominantly in Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2. However, every age category has the opportunity to participate in other tournaments in order to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity of representing the College. Due to the tremendous interest for football we have introduced B-teams at every level, which has proven to be very successful.

For the junior footballers, the College runs an annual Under 12 tournament in February, which provides the platform for the best of local talent within the UAE schools to compete with one another.

 

Girls Football

 

Girls’ football, played as 7 a-side, is an ever growing sport at Dubai College and is primarily played during the first term, with a few tournaments in the second term. Previously, the league has been run at three different age groups, but this year will see the first year that the girls can play at U12, U14, U16 and U18 paving the way for more girls to get involved in the sport and represent the College. The change in structure has been gratefully received by the girls, with large numbers getting involved at all age groups.

 

 

Netball

 

At Dubai College we take great pride in both our facilities and level of participation in netball. The department ethos is to encourage maximum participation in extra-curricular netball. We provide open netball clubs for all girls to attend and improve their skill base and enjoy the social benefits of playing. However, we also pride ourselves on identifying and nurturing excellence through our extra-curricular programme. Both these approaches have enabled us to run a large number of teams.

 

Squads

At Dubai College, students have the opportunity to enhance skills further and develop more complex tactical awareness by training and representing the school in regular fixtures and tournaments. The senior ‘Desert Cats’ teams play in the Dubai Netball League for ladies at The Sevens ground. Within school we currently run 6 teams at U18 level and 5 teams at under 15 and six teams at U13 level. Fixtures are arranged against local schools and last season over 85 matches were played over the age groups and over 140 girls represented the College.

Beyond the shores of the UAE, some of our senior girls have gone on to represent Dubai in the ladies annual Inter Gulf netball tournament, which is held around the Gulf region.

 

Rounders

Rounders is played throughout all years during the end of the second term and the third term. The teams have enjoyed tremendous success in both tournaments and league matches. This year the Under 14 England team visited Dubai and several of our girls from the College were selected  to represent Dubai to play against them.

 

Squads

The College runs teams at every age group. There are various age tournaments at Latifa School For Girls held mainly at the end of the second term and then the Dubai Schools League which is rum at the beginning of the third term.

 

Rugby

 

Rugby is one of the College’s main sports and is played throughout all years during the first two terms. The teams have enjoyed tremendous success both within the UAE and further afield at 7, 10 and 15 a side versions of the game and are a dominant force within the Arabian Gulf region.

 

Many of our boys have gained International honours through representing the AGRFU and Under 16 and 18 level, whilst 4 past pupils have gone on to full international honours, by either representing the region in the IRB 7s World Cup or the Asian 5 Nations Championships.

 

Squads

The College runs teams at every age category up to 1st XV. The Under 12, 14, 16 & 18 teams compete in the UAE Schools League during Term 2, whilst all the same squads compete in a number of tournaments throughout the year, including the Dubai College Rugby 7s in November and Dubai College Rugby 10s in February, which is the largest schoolboy rugby event of its kind in the region.

 

Swimming

 

Dubai College has a long tradition of success in swimming both in the local community and beyond. In more recent years the standard of swimming in the region as a whole has reached new heights and so resulted in a substantial increase in the interest in the sport at the College. Training always begins at the start of the year as Term 1 and Term 3 tend to be the focus of our competition.   We compete in the DASSA swimming league as well as the BSME Swimming Championships which has been held in Muscat for the past few years. All this is interspersed with a number of friendly galas against local schools that are held throughout the year.

 

Squads

There is a thriving swim squad operating in three age groups involving all students within the College community. This ensures that all age groups are represented and have the opportunity to compete. In addition to squad training sessions, all the student body is encouraged to attend open swim sessions which cater for all abilities and allow students to swim for fitness, leisure or stroke improvement.