Posted on November 29, 2015

Students from all levels of The Gulf English School (GES) – from five years to 18-years – got into the spirit of Schools Olympic Program (SOP) with a month-long series of competitions to pit their sporting prowess against their peers. The Qatar Olympic Committee in partnership with Supreme Education Council hosts the SOP. This year, GES will compete in football, basketball, swimming, athletics, fencing, shooting, taekwondo, gymnastics, tennis and table tennis. Pupils belonging to Primary, Preparatory and Secondary Levels will participate and seek to build on last year’s successes.

Cheered on by parents and friends, GES started with Level 1 and Level 2 Boys’ Basketball at Al Gharaffa Sports Club, where they competed in both 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 tournaments. The Level 1’s got off to a shaky start in the 5-on-5 games, which was understandable given that they were the youngest of GES’ competitors in a newly formed squad. They drew a couple of games, lost a couple and eventually won one. This learning curve left them better prepared for the 3-on-3 games, where they lost one and won two. To support their development, GES has taken on board Coach Ehab from Qatar Sports Club, who will be working with these boys to develop their skills and tactical awareness.

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The Level 2 Boys’ Basketball Teams also competed on the same day, where the ‘A’ Team was unbeatable. They were organized, focused, disciplined and skillful. More importantly, they had ‘heart’. On a day where the schedule and format of the event seemed to change by the minute, these boys remained composed and won every single game. It was unquestionable that we had the strongest team in our group and they proved it over and over. Level 1 MVP was Mohammed Al Subaey from year 4 and Level 2 MVP was Ali Bu Hindi from year 7.

Girls’ Football and Basketball

Senior school girls showed great sportsmanship and comradeship during the football match, where they beat their rival team 4-0, putting GESon the top of the board. Noora Al Thani scored 75% of the goals, notwithstanding some great performances by the entire team. Next on the schedule was the Primary Girls’ Basketball competition. After winning their first game 12-0, they were unstoppable. They ended their first tournament with a 36-2 win and so breezed through to the next round. Tochi Omah was the top scorer.

Aspire Academy at GES

Aspire Academy’s Multi-Sport Skills Development Centre (MSSD) at GES has reappointed Captain Kevin (Head Coach) along with Captain Khalid and coaches from Qatar Athletics Federation. The MSSD program is a selective academy for boys who are gifted and talented in sport. Boys can be selected from any school in the locality. The selection is based on their results in a range of performance tests, their skills, attitude to training and mental toughness. The main objective of the centre is to develop these boys in order to give them the chance to win a scholarship to the full-time school at Aspire Academy. Last year, two boys from GES received a scholarship to the Academy, making the School one of Aspire’s most successful centres.

“We will continue to evaluate the boys at GES and hope to find more who meet the criteria to join the Aspire MSSD Centre. We currently have a number of boys trialing at the centre and they will soon find out if they made it into the program. We wish them luck in their tests next week… we’re aiming to increase the number of boys in this program by at least 30% this year,” cited Rebecca Cruickshank, Faculty Coordinator for PE. The SOP develops and promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle by organising multi-discipline sport competitions among the schools of Qatar with students ranging from 5 to 18 years of age.