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 teams at U12, U13, U14 and U16 for the DAPSA leagues in term 1. Girl’s football is rapidly growing at NAS Dubai with us currently fielding A team s in U12, U14 and U16, but we envisage this growing further as the popularity grows with it. All teams have been very competitive with some groups winning DASSA titles in the leagues this academic year and we are hoping for more success next year.
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 into the DASSA Netball league in term 2. This year we had two teams who finished top of their league and we also had a team finish 1st place in the DASSA finals tournament, a huge achievement!
NAS Secondary swim squad have made an outstanding effort this year by winning the Division Three League qualifying to compete in the Division Two League in the next Academic year. On Thursday 31 January, swimmers competed in the DASSA Championship gala at the Hamdan Sports Complex to take home 4 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 24 Bronze medals in total. It has been an exceptional year for the Secondary swim team to date and we have a lot more to look forward to.
The Basketball program at NAS Dubai has continued to develop since the school’s opening. Teams are entered in DAPSA and DASSA league competition from the U19 to the U9 level. With the recent addition of outdoor court facilities and the ongoing construction of a new sports hall we will be looking to expand our offerings for the development program in cooperation with professional basketball providers here in the UAE. Highlights for the 2018-2019 academic year include fielding our first U19 girls team and our U16 girls going undefeated for the season and winning the DASSA league title.
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 at 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. As a school we are very competitive and have performed well in both the DAPSA leagues, becoming plate winners at the DC 10’s tournament. I’m positive that rugby at NAS Dubai will be even better next academic year.
Tennis continues to grow at NAS Dubai with mixed tennis teams at U14 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 and then have CCA sessions, which for years 7-10. We focus mainly on artistic gymnastics, looking at 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 term 1 and 2, with their sessions culminating in a floor and vault competition. We have attended the competition since it started in 2016 and our students are regularly on the podium!
Dance CCA sessions are open to both girls and boys from year 3 upwards. During term 1 and 2 the students are working towards desert dance, which is a showcase which many other school in Dubai participate in. 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. In addition to desert dance the students get to perform in our auditorium for our sports awards every year. The students experience a range of different styles from contemporary to hip hop and are often included in the choreographic process as well.
Cricket has become a very enjoyable sport in term 3 here at NAS Dubai. We enter competitive teams at U13 and U15 level. As a school we have performed extremely well competing in the DASSA Tape Ball League. We also offer CCA cricket, giving pupils who don’t make the squads an equal opportunity to train, develop and enhance their skills. I’m sure that cricket will continue to be a success at NAS Dubai.
In secondary, rounders they will begin at the end of Term 2 with trials for the teams before the Easter break ready for the DASSA fixtures. The rounders teams will consist of entries in U13 and U15 sides with 2 teams at each age category. The curriculum pathway will focus on rounder’s prior to the start of the league to prepare and get teams ready, allowing for squads to play alongside one another and to develop all ability levels.