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Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup 2023 fosters culture of physical activity in schools across Emirate by expanding scope of subjects

ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2023 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has launched the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup, the department’s comprehensive school sports program for students in the emirate’s public, private and charter schools, as well as universities.

The Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup aims to inspire students to engage in all types of sport within the school community, improving their activity levels and overall physical fitness, incorporating important values ​​such as sportsmanship, collaboration, resilience and leadership.

In the second edition of the competition, more than 8,000 students from 200 schools in Abu Dhabi took part in the region’s largest inter-school sports event.

ADEK has expanded the age group of men’s and women’s football events and now covers U13, U15, U17, U19.

More than 600 teams kicked off their journey to glory in January with local qualifiers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.

The Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Center in Khalifa City is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup playoffs for boys and girls under 13, 17 and 19 on 25-26 February. stage, with more than 3,000 players in attendance. Students from 111 public, private and charter schools participated in the football championship playoffs over the weekend, while hundreds of Abu Dhabi families enjoyed a variety of engaging activities in the vibrant fan zone. Activities add to the atmosphere of the game.

After an intense final, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi beat Brighton College Abu Dhabi 1-0 in the U13 Girls final, while International Community School won the Boys U13 title after a clean 2-0 victory over Nahda National Boys School

In the U17 finals, Raha International School-Garden Campus defeated Abu Dhabi International Private School 1-0 to win the girls’ championship, and Khalifa Bin Zayed School defeated Choueifat International School 1-1 to win the boys’ championship. -0.

In the girls’ U19 division, GEMS American Academy beat Al Andalus Private Academy 3-0, while Zayed Al Khair School beat Al Nahda National Boys School 8-1 to win the boys’ competition.

The excitement will culminate on 18 March when the Under 15 boys’ and girls’ finals will be held at the famous Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. British School Al Khubairat and Brighton College Abu Dhabi will go head-to-head for the Championship winner, while International School of Choueifat (Al Ain) boys will take on International School of Choueifat (Mushrif).

For its second edition, ADEK has also expanded the Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup by introducing futsal for boys and girls in the Under 9 (U9) and Under 11 (U11) age groups.

More than 250 men’s and women’s teams took part in the Futsal Championship, with the top 80 teams in four categories advancing to the Futsal Playoffs and Finals on 11-12 March 2023.

In the U9 category, Repton School beat Cranleigh Abu Dhabi 2-1 to win the girls’ title, while Raha International School – Khalifa City Campus beat New Mezyad in a penalty shootout to win the boys’ title. In the U11 group, Brighton College (Bloom Gardens) beat Abu Dhabi Cranley on penalties to win the women’s championship, and SABIS International School – Yas Island beat Al Azm School on penalties to win the men’s well-deserved championship.
The inaugural 2023 Varsity Games celebrates college athletics with more than 478 male and female athletes competing in dedicated basketball, soccer and volleyball.

The women’s competition was held at Zayed University and the men’s at NYU Abu Dhabi, with teams vying for the individual sport title, while the main trophy was awarded to the university with the highest total points.

In the women’s division, UAEU was crowned champion in both soccer and basketball, while NYU Abu Dhabi was crowned champion in volleyball.

The men’s division was equally exciting, with NYU Abu Dhabi winning in basketball and UAE University in volleyball and soccer. The UAE University was awarded the overall title of the Universities Games based on the outstanding performance of the students in all categories.
The following year, ADEK organized its unique Coach the Coaches program, which provided physical education teachers with the opportunity to get involved in futsal and football coaching and enabled them to deliver a high quality and consistent sports program to their students.

Some 223 Abu Dhabi teachers took part in this face-to-face training series, equipping them with essential skills to prepare their teams ahead of the Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Cup.

The training also provides a great introduction for teachers starting their coaching journey or looking to expand their existing coaching experience.

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