The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) is gearing up to organise the 4th edition of the Dubai Schools Games, the largest sports tournament of its kind in Dubai, in collaboration with ESM Co. The tournament, which will start in September 2023, aims to promote physical activity and sports participation among students from different schools in Dubai, as well as to scout and develop sports talent who can join clubs and represent the emirate in the future.
The Dubai Schools Games is open to all government and private schools in Dubai, and students from 9 to 19 years old can participate for free in 22 different sports competitions, including Olympic sports such as athletics, swimming, basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, judo, karate, and taekwondo. The tournament also features non-Olympic sports such as chess, cricket, rugby, and netball.
The tournament will follow the rules and regulations of the respective sports federations and associations and will be supervised by qualified referees and officials. The tournament will also implement a talent scouting programme, where representatives from Dubai clubs will attend the competitions and monitor the performance and progress of promising players. Each participant will have a sports file that can be used when they move to the university stage or join a sports club.
The 3rd edition of the Dubai Schools Games, which was held during the last sports season, witnessed remarkable success, which more than 5,000 students from 220 schools competing in various sports events. The tournament also helped identify and nurture many talented players who have joined clubs and national teams.
The DSC organizes the Dubai Schools Games as part of its strategic plan to increase the school's awareness of the importance of sports and physical activity as a vital way to boost physical and mental health and enjoy a happy life. The DSC also seeks to create a culture of sports excellence among students and prepare them for future challenges.