Sport plays a central role in the extra-curricular life of Dubai College and provides every student with the opportunity to develop to the very best of their physical ability. Every student is able to practice their sporting interests, which helps develop healthy, active lifestyles and social interaction.

Representative opportunities are available through our House programme and those who excel at a particular sporting activity are encouraged to represent the College in inter-school fixtures, organised by DASSA (Dubai Affiliated Sports School Association).

Dubai College has a thriving sports programme and fixtures are played throughout the week, as well as weekends. The College also offers a wide range of lunchtime and after school sports clubs that students can opt to participate in to further their sporting experience.

Dubai College hosts a number of sports tournaments throughout the year and enjoys an enviable amount of sporting success in a wide variety of competitions throughout Dubai and the UAE. Additionally, there are overseas Sports tours during the academic year, which will provide our students with new sporting opportunities and challenges.

We believe that regular participation in sporting activities instils passion, respect, integrity, resilience, teamwork, commitment and sportsmanship in our students.


Dubai College commitment to sporting excellence has been recognised by being awarded ‘UAE Sports School of the Year’ for 2015/16 , 2016/17 and 2017/2018 at the UAE Sports Teens Awards.



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UAE Sports School of the Year’ for 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/2018 at the UAE Sports Teens Awards.


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Athletics & Cross Country

Athletics takes part throughout term two with training sessions every lunchtime throughout the week. Competitions include team events such as the ‘Fab 5’, DASSA Aquathon and Cross Country Championships and individual competitions such as the DASSA Athletics Championships.

The College has always produced strong athletics teams and maintains a high standard of success in all of the major schools events in Dubai.


Basketball is very popular amongst the boys and girls of Dubai College. Home matches and training take place in the indoor sports-hall whilst there is an outdoor court for recreational play and practice. The College takes part in the DASSA leagues at Under 16 & 19 age categories in the first term and Under 12 & 14 in the third term.


Cricket has vastly developed over the last few years due to the hard work and dedication of staff and students. The three main Cricket squads play from mid-October until the end of the Spring Term, whilst the Under 13 and 15s also play ‘Tapeball’ during the summer term.

DC has an enviable record against both local teams and schools that tour from overseas. The Under 19 team play in the annual U19 ARCH trophy that takes place in March, which attracts schools from the UK and South Africa.

Boys' & Girls' Football

Boys football is a very popular activity within the College and is played throughout all Year groups during the first term.

The College runs teams at U12, U14, U16 and U19 for the DASSA Leagues in term one and the Cup competition in term two. However, every age category has the opportunity to participate in other tournaments in order to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity of representing the College. Due to the tremendous interest for football we have B teams at every level, which has proven to be very successful in all age categories.

Girls football is really growing in Dubai and a sport in which there are lots of opportunities to play both at the College and through club sport.

Dubai College compete in the DASSA 7 a-side league in term one at U12, U14, U16 and U19 age categories. We also participate in the DASSA tournament at the end of the season.

Even though the league is only one term, we continue to train in term two with opportunities existing to learn about the 11-aside game, playing friendlies and also competing in additional tournaments.


Netball is a very popular and successful sport amongst girls at Dubai College, with a wide variety of squads playing in the DASSA leagues. Due to its popularity, Netball is played by a multitude of teams within the Talent pathway, which has been created to nurture players’ talents. The High Performance Program is aiming to create a performance pyramid for player development across the 11-19 age groups, using every possible competition available to us.

Competitions entered throughout the year include The Emirates Airlines Dubai Netball 7s U19 Open, Dubai College 7s, International Dubai College Netball and Dubai Ladies Netball League.


Rounders continues to show strength and depth across all age groups within the College. In addition to enjoying top honours in the DASSA Leagues, the girls also have a high level of participation in all age categories.

Under 19 squads participate in term one whilst our Under 13 and Under 15 squads play in term three.


Rugby continues to be a popular and successful boys Sport at Dubai College, with teams gaining success at local, regional and national level.

Seven a side Rugby is played in the term one, which culminates in the DC Rugby 7s tournament for younger age groups and an opportunity to play in The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s tournament for the Under 19 1st VII.

Our fifteen a side enter the DASSA leagues during term two at Under 12, 13, 14, 16 & 19 level.

DC Rugby squads tour annually, with the Under 19s visiting venues across Asia, whilst the Under 13s attend The National School 7s at Rosslyn Park, UK.


The Dubai College swim team has an enviable winning tradition. Our undefeated ‘A’ squad competes in the first division of the DASSA Swim League and have been reigning DASSA Champions since its inception. Due to the popularity of the sport, we have also entered a ‘B’ team which currently compete in Division One.

We also compete in the annual BSME and MEUC competition, currently holding many records for these events. In recognition of these achievements, the Dubai College Swim Team was awarded Best Mixed Sports Team in the UAE for 2016-17.

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