Posted on April 26, 2018

Doha College, one of the oldest international schools of British curriculum in Qatar, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its main sports hall. Originally opened in April 1998, by British MP Tony Banks, then Minister for Sport, the hall has since seen many generations of students and thousands of matches and sporting events.

The hall hosts around a staggering 200 fixtures every year, welcoming students from over 20 schools in Qatar, and often further afield. Over the years, the sports hall at Doha College has been graced with the presence of sporting legends who ran coaching sessions for the benefit of DC students. The list includes:

  • Elizabeth McColgan-Nuttall MBE - a middle and long-distance runner who has won multiple medals at World Championships and global marathons, as well as silver at the 1988 Olympic Games (and won the Doha College 10K Race in 2016)
  • The Harlem Globetrotters - the world-famous exhibition basketball team
  • Dame Kelly Holmes - a middle-distance gold-medallist in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and medallist in multiple World Championships and Commonwealth Games appearances
  • Robbie Fowler - former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker for Liverpool FC and England.

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The college lists many notable sports people among its alumni also, including Tom Ayling - who represented Qatar in the 2016 regional Rugby tournament, Izzy Noel Smith - English rugby union player, Jakub Hrinda - the youngest golfer to compete in the Qatar Masters in his final weeks in Year 13 at DC, Laila Hrindova - currently on a golf scholarship at Baylors University, and most remarkably, Nada Arakji - an incredible swimmer and the first female to represent Qatar at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was Nada Arakji herself that unveiled the 20th anniversary commemorative plaque at the DC Sports Hall. Doha College’s greatest sporting success story, Nada has met with DC students throughout the years that have passed since her graduation. She was delighted to be back once again for such a momentous occasion, and after speaking with some budding sporting students, she confessed that “Doha College has always been special, and will always have a place in my heart.”

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The ceremony was also attended by Head of PE Gary Froud and DC Principal Dr Sommer, who stated: “It is great to remember the generations of students that have used this hall, and acknowledge the successes achieved in the 20 years since its opening, but it is equally exciting to look into the future plans for the state-of-the-art sports facilities of our new campus opening in 2020. These walls, although we will be leaving them in two years’ time, have seen a lot of hard training and satisfying rewards. But if we managed to produce this standard of sports education in the existing facilities, the new campus can only contribute to greater aspirations and new champions.”

Doha College offers Physical Education for GCSEs and A Levels, and in September 2017 introduced the BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching. Please visit to find out more about its sports education curriculum.