Boy’s football is a very popular sport at NAS Dubai and is played throughout all year groups in the curriculum. We run competitive A and B teams at U8, U9, U10 and U11 for the DAPSA leagues in term 1. As a school we host the annual NAS Dubai Cup early in Term 2. Additionally, we enter the BMSE U11 football tournament in Bahrain every year. Girls football is rapidly growing at NAS Dubai with us currently fielding two teams at U9 and U11 level, but we envisage this growing further as the popularity grows with it.
Netball is a highly regarded sport by pupils and parents here at NAS. Each year we continue to develop and show high levels of ability in each netball season across all age ranges.
Netball is open to all girls who would like to improve their skills. We begin training in Term 1 and we currently aim to enter 2 teams per year group up to Year 6 in the DAPSA Netball league in Term 2. Recently, we had two teams who finished top of their league and we also had a team finish 1st place in the DAPSA finals tournament, a huge achievement!
Swimming at NAS has grown immensely over the last 5 years and both our Competitive and Development Swim Squad perform extremely well in all the leagues we entered and through that, our curriculum has gone from strength to strength. Swimming is a very technical sport and our focus is merely on developing good habits in curriculum through to our squads.
Basketball has gained in popularity since NAS has opened, with both girls and boys teams entered in the DAPSA basketball leagues. In the 2018-9 academic year teams were entered for U11 girls (Y5+6), U10 boys and U11 boys. Games are played on our indoor court and there are two additional outdoor training areas available for training. With new facilities being constructed we look forward to providing more opportunities for the sport to grow in the upcoming year.
Rugby continues to be an extremely popular and successful boys sport at NAS Dubai, with us recently investing in a brand new, state of the art 4G pitch that will showcase us as a school with one of the best rugby facilities in Dubai. As a school we run teams for U8 Tag, U9 Contact, U10 Contact and U11 Contact rugby in Term 2, as well as entering the annual DC 7s and DC10’s annual rugby tournament. Our rugby teams are very competitive and have performed well in both the DAPSA leagues and being plate winners at the DC 10’s tournament
Tennis continues to grow at NAS Dubai with mixed tennis teams at U9, U11 and Secondary level. These teams take part in an hours training each week, added with friendly matches against schools throughout Dubai. As a school we enter the Dubai Tennis Championships in March, which is an opportunity for our teams to participate in a competitive tournament. This year we entered 4 teams per age group which was the most of any school in Dubai and shows how popular the sport is. Additionally, all teams attend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships giving pupils the opportunity to watch live tennis and be involved in the CF Tennis ball kids programme.
Gymnastics is greatly popular amongst our primary students at NAS. We have a squad for gymnastics as well as CCA sessions open to all aspiring gymnasts. Our focus is mainly on artistic gymnastics (floor and vault). The students are also taught about the importance of strength and conditioning, as well as flexibility to be successful in their sport. The students train during Terms 1 and 2, with their sessions culminating in a floor and vault competition.
Dance CCA sessions are open to both girls and boys from Year 3 upwards. During Terms 1 and 2 the students are working towards the Desert Dance competition, which is a showcase with many Dubai participating. We are pleased to have seen an increase of boys getting involved in dance since our collaboration with Juilliard and implementing our performing arts curriculum. The students experience a range of different styles from contemporary to hip hop and are often included in the choreographic process as well.
Cricket is played during Term 3 here at NAS Dubai. We enter both competitive and development teams at U9 and U11 level. As a school we have performed extremely well so far going through to the DAPSA cricket finals. We also offer CCA cricket, giving pupils who don’t make the squads an equal opportunity to train, develop and enhance their skills.
Rounders is continuing to develop here at NAS. We open training in Term 2 to all girls from Years 3 to 6 to prepare them for the season in Term 3. Currently we enter A & B teams in the DAPSA Rounders leagues in the U9 and U11 age categories. The curriculum has been designed to work alongside squad training to help develop our teams further.