Dubai Schools Games Kicks Off To A Roaring Response
The Dubai Schools Games (DSG), launched in January by the Dubai Sports Council, has gone live with the online events, ensuring that schools still have the opportunity to take part in organised competitive activities. The Dubai Schools Games is a Dubai Sports Council initiative, supported by the KHDA and professionally managed by ESM.
So far 106 KHDA governed private schools have registered, a number the DSG team hopes to see a rise in the coming months. The Games also aims to integrate the Ministry of Education schools located in Dubai as and when they return to in person learning.
Ali Omar Al Balooshi, the Director of Sports Development at Dubai Sports Council, said: “We are extremely happy to see so many students getting the opportunity to compete in sports they are passionate about. The Dubai Schools Games so far has well over 2,000 students registered and close to 500 PE teachers have signed up to share their sporting expertise in order to help their schools excel at The Games. These numbers will increase to over 25,000 students once it is safe for school sport to return and participate in the 14 planned sports for the inaugural event.”
The Games have seen two events initiated so far, the online FIFA 2021 championships and the online Chess Championships. Both these events have been well attended by over a 1000 students in the qualifying rounds of the championships, with the numbers been whittled down to the last 16 in each of the 6 different age groups.
James Bowing, Commercial Director of ESM noted: “We are incredibly pleased with the number of schools and students who have participated in the two online events so far. The championship finals will follow after the Holy month of Ramadan, ideally in person if it is safe to do so, but failing that, we'll put on a fantastic show online with the support of our technical partners and sponsors.
A second round of online FIFA championships is scheduled for this weekend March 25 & 26 while a third online event – Online Rocket League Championships is set for April 9 & 10, with over 500 registrations already confirmed. All DSG events are free of charge to enter for schools and parents. To register, please visit - https://dubaischoolsgames.ae/.
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