Introducing our new athletics academy

We are one of Dubai’s youngest schools with extensive world-class sporting facilities. We are pleased to announce that we are now adding a state-of-the-art track & field athletics academy.

An AIS and SISD collaboration

Our 1800-pupil school, is one of the region’s only IB boarding schools with world-class athletics facilities. Indeed, our campus has a 400m running track, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a full-sized Techno Gym and a cardio suite. So the new track & field athletics academy is a logical extension of this. Therefore, to ensure its success we have partnered with AIS Athletics. The UAE’s leading provider of track & field athletics for young athletes of all ages and abilities. The partnership will allow us access to a world class coaching team at AIS Athletics. Indeed, this includes current & former Olympians / international athletes, World Championship & European Championship medallists. Additionally, qualified / accredited coaches in a range of different events; all based in the UAE.

An amazing opportunity for talented students

Set to open for the new academic year in September 2023, the SISD Athletics Academy represents a great training pathway for talented athletics students to work up towards future university scholarships and even international honours in athletics representing their home countries.

Students can train before and after school with dedicated AIS coaches and reduce the need to travel to alternative training locations. Indeed, our athletes will receive five dedicated & event specific training sessions weekly with the AIS coaches.

Students taking part in the SISD Athletics Academy will attend day or boarding school at SISD and undertake the IB curriculum. They will then train outside of school hours and compete in school; national and international athletics meets. On top of that, they will have the opportunity to obtain qualifying times from World Athletics ratified events.

Speedo Swim Academy

Last year, we launched the Speedo Swim Academy which has been a huge success, and now we are planning to build on that swimming success by adding the dedicated Athletics Academy, and working towards becoming a hub for key sports, by providing both expert coaching and first-class facilities.

Rob Duncan, Head of Sport, says: “Our Swim Academy, which started last year, has been a tremendous success. We recently ranked second across all Dubai schools at the recent DASSA Swim competition. We now want to build on that sporting success, and to expand our Academies to include track & field athletics as well.”

“The students who train in the morning before school will have the opportunity to join our boarders and our swim team for breakfast, and then head straight into school. No other school can offer this!”

A great addition to our world-class sporting facilities

Umar Hameed, founder of AIS Athletics said “SISD already has an amazing track & field setup, and one of the best school gym facilities I have ever seen. With the addition to our coaching support, I believe this is a great opportunity for talented athletes not only to access an excellent school, but also to utilise the school’s fantastic facilities. For busy students and parents, this is a game changer. No more driving across Dubai for late night or early morning training sessions and spending hours in traffic!”

We are a member of the Dubai Affiliated School Sport Association (DASSA).  DASSA oversees school sporting competitions for more than 70 Dubai schools in a plethora of sports. The academic year includes three sport seasons, aligned with an after-school activities calendar.

SISD currently has competitive teams for both boys and girls in the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field

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