A number of schools have already registered, with youngsters ready to tackle the challenging new karting series.
ESKC manager David Bright said: “The goal is to establish schools karting as an officially sanctioned extracurricular activity in UAE schools, and the success of the inaugural series will go a long way to achieving this.”
Interested drivers and teams, as well as participants who are already signed up, are invited to attend this weekend’s event, which will enable them to become familiar with the rules and regulations of the ESKC, as well as affording them track time free of charge.
Schools including Cambridge International School, Emirates International School Meadows and Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches have confirmed teams for the schools championship, while Ghost Racing Team were the first to register for the Nomads Challenge.
With the minimum age limit at 12, the ESKC caters for all high school students and promotes teamwork, strategy, commitment, discipline and race craft.
Al Shola Private School defeated Al Mawakeb School, Garhoud 3-2 to win a riveting Stars of Tomorrow Cup knockout football tournament at the Dubai Mall Ice Rink.
The second phase of the pan-Emirates school league culminated in an exhilarating match, where 16 qualifying teams from across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah had battled it out for the crown.
The tournament offered an opportunity for youth players across the UAE to gain nationwide recognition, and receive support towards becoming professional football players through healthy competition.
“By harnessing the talent of our youth, we enable them to thrive and succeed, and this is precisely what we have been able to do by giving students a much needed platform to practise, develop, and embrace this beloved sport,” said Faisal Al Bannai, Managing Director of sponsors axiom.
“The remarkable talent we have witnessed throughout the tournament is a clear demonstration of our youth’s potential to nationally represent the UAE.”
Project Manager for Stars of Tomorrow, Anushe Ramzi, added: “The second season has been a great success, attracting hundreds of students.
This would not have been possible without the collaboration of all stakeholders, including our partner, axiom, our team at Ahdaaf, and supporting partners, the Dubai Sports Council, Sharjah Education Zone, and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.”
The 16 finalists were selected from 36 schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah during the Stars of Tomorrow league.
For the third and final phase, 30 UAE-based national and expatriate players will be selected to form an elite intercultural team that will compete for the All Stars Cup.
Their sports calendar is filled with a wide variety of disciplines including football, rugby, netball, cricket and tennis and while they’ve achieved strong success last season, Jumeirah are keen to give as many opportunities to children of sports that are not widely known.
“This year we will be starting squad training for waterpolo and table tennis as we continue to grow as a sports department. Once they’ve had enough practice in their weekly classes, we’ll then begin to look into arranging fixtures in the last term after Easter,” said Raymond Irving, head of PE at Jumeirah Primary School.
Last year, they had tremendous success on the sporting stage. Title honours came in netball, football, tennis and cricket as well as winning in the annual GEMS Sports Day.
While Irving hopes more trophies can be clinched this season which sees them participate in 10 tournaments, he insists participation
“We are extremely proud of all of the children who represent JPS in the various sports that we compete in throughout Dubai,” he said.
“The children work very hard firstly in PE lessons, then during the trials and finally in their squad training sessions as they prepare for each term’s sporting fixtures.
“At Jumeirah, we view success as children taking part in as many sports as possible and giving 100 per cent with a smile on their faces.
“If we happen to win a few tournaments and leagues along the way then that is a lovely bonus for the children, parents and PE staff.
“We are 100 per cent committed on children taking part in sport and playing sport the right way.
“A good result at Jumeirah means the children are competing, doing their best in every training session and fixture, showing good sportsmanship, learning from their experiences and enjoying being part of the team they are involved in.”