Brighton College pupils showcased their sporting abilities in the Under-13 British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) Games, res-ulting in some fantastic team and individual performances.
With some of the region’s best British institutes competing, Brighton’s 25-person squad, ranging from 12 to 13-year-olds, travelled to Muscat in confident mood after putting weeks of hard practice for the four-day event. They did not disappoint with a number of highlights.
Competing in netball, football, volleyball and athletics, it was the latter where they enjoyed a number of podium finishes. Kai Smith registered third-place finishes in the 100m (A) and shot-put (A) respectively, while Ellie Jackson was second in the high-jump and shot-put (B) categories.
Success continued with Zoe Lindley-Smith taking silver in the high-jump (A), bronze in 800m (A), before triumphing in the triple-jump (A), while Ruby Farrell achieved third-place in the 800m (B).
Brighton was back on the podium after defeating neighbours British International School Abu Dhabi 12-2 in the netball final.
Along with their fourth-place finish in the football competition, Brighton finished the event seventh out of the twelve teams. Despite missing out on the top-three finish, coach Matt Deegan was impressed by the children’s performances.
“It was really encouraging to see so many children do well,” he said.
“This is by far the most impressive showing I’ve seen at the BSME Games since I’ve been here and we are gradually seeing good progress.”
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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.