Dubai Schools Games announced by Dubai Sports Council
Dubai Sports Council has officially announced the Dubai Schools Games. The Games were announced at a launch event hosted at the Council’s office which was attended by Sport and PE staff of some of the prominent schools in Dubai.
For the first time ever all private schools in Dubai have the opportunity to compete against one another in the Dubai Schools Games, an initiative launched by the Dubai Sports Council in consultation with the KHDA, as they announced a safe “Opt-In” return to school sports and to promote physical and mental health and well-being for all.
The Dubai Schools Games is in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 and the Agenda 2030, which focuses on investing in UAE youth with the vision of helping educational institutions find and nurture Olympic success. Acting as a citywide talent identification programme the Dubai Schools Games will ensure that all keen young athletes in schools get the ability to showcase their talents and build up a ‘Sports Passport’ that will allow prospective universities to see each student’s sports profile.
All 200 Schools from across the emirate can register teams to participate for differently abled children in events as wide-ranging as football, cycling, athletics, water polo, golf and e-sports. The event, which officially launches today (20 January 2021), will be free for all schools and students to enter and has already seen over 50 of schools register. Training should be permitted in February with the tournaments running from end of February and will conclude June 2021 for students in six age categories from under-9 to under-19. Ensuring that young people of determination are wholly included and engaged, a two-day Determination Games, will be held on 9-10 March 2021.
Ali Omar Al Balooshi, the Director of Sports Development at Dubai Sports Council, said “2020 was a year full of challenges and it has been particularly difficult for the students who haven’t been able to engage in regular sports and fitness activities at school. After consulting with the KHDA we are well aware of the physical and mental impact this can have on the students and therefore, we are extremely excited to launch the Dubai Schools Games.
“Rest assured our teams have worked tirelessly to create a specific set of robust protocols, which are designed for student participation in training and competitive sports and include measures which will be implemented in addition to the standard protocols as it is our priority for a safe return to sport.” Mr Al Balooshi continued.
Safety and inclusion are the key objectives and investment has been made in smart solutions such as unique digital QR code accreditations for all students and coaches to check in and out of all training and competition venues, plus live streaming of the games will allow families and friends to check in virtually from their home, office or classroom to see the action unfold.
School Registrations are now open while athlete registrations begin 1st February, 2021. A full schedule of sports events will be released for the public in the coming weeks.