Sport is an essential component of Academy life. It not only promotes good health, but it also teaches students in terms of individual and team commitment and achievement. GEMS World Academy – Dubai is very proud of its ability to combine maximum participation with professional coaching and performance. As well as providing a competitive sports environment, our students are also taught the values of sportsmanship and fair play.
In October 2021, the Academy became a Centre of Excellence for Track and Field Athletics. We work in close partnership with AIS Athletics, the UAE’s leading provider of track and field athletics for young athletes of all abilities. Together, we are committed to raising standards of achievement across all areas of athletics and for all students through the promotion of excellence. As part of the Centre of Excellence Programme, a number of our students have gained Athletic Scholarships – securing personalised learning and coaching through the programme's challenging and engaging activities.
Each year GEMS World Academy – Dubai is involved in over 500 competitive sports fixtures. We play competitive sporting fixtures such as netball, football, basketball, volleyball and athletics, all within the Dubai Affiliated School Sport Association (DASSA). DASSA oversees the effective implementation of school sport and allows opportunities for all affiliated schools and their students to compete in high quality, age appropriate and safe sporting events. Girls’ netball and touch rugby for both boys and girls has begun to flourish at the Academy, and there have been notable successes in aquathon and swimming in recent years. Competitive football, basketball, swimming and athletics are also very popular sports at the Academy.
As well as competitive interschool sports squads, there are opportunities for students to develop their skills in specific clubs for non-squad members, recreational clubs and fitness sessions. We always place an emphasis on enjoyment and the development of core skills.
The Academy's excellent facilities include a multi-purpose sports field, which caters for football and rugby matches, a 400m athletics track (both the field and track are floodlit), a six-lane 50m outdoor heated swimming pool, a 15m training pool, a sports hall and numerous outdoor tennis and netball courts.
For our high performing athletes, our bespoke Elite Athlete Programme is designed to provide students with an environment in which they excel in both their studies and sports outside of GEMS World Academy – Dubai. Students can take advantage of drop-in meetings to get advice about nutrition, overtraining, work and training balance, rest and recovery, and generating a sporting profile for social media.
In sport you lose more than you win; you make more errors than you succeed and you have the opportunity to challenge yourself every time you play, practice and compete to master a new skill. You learn about yourself and your own behaviour through sport and that helps students succeed on whatever life path they may take.