Sports at DESC

DESC is one of the leading international schools for sport and we pride ourselves on delivering a high quality and enjoyable experience for every student, from international to recreational standard, in our world-class facilities.

These facilities include:

  • Full-size Rugby Pitch - Real Grass
  • Full-size Football Pitch  - Real Grass
  • 2 x Training Pitches  - Real Grass
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • 4g Astro Football Pitch
  • Four Netball Courts including ‘Stadium’ Netball Court
  • High-Performance Gym
  • Health Suite
  • Cricket Nets
  • Sports Rehab Room
  • Dedicated Coach Education Room
  • Indoor Sports Hall - 6 Badminton Courts

Investment in Sport has seen the PE and Sports provision grow to 24 members of staff, including Performance Coaches in Rugby, Netball, Football and Strength & Conditioning, who work alongside our extremely experienced PE staff.

The best sporting school in Dubai

Our motto is Enjoyment, Pride, Respect, and we hope that everyone's experience of sport at DESC will be a quality one, that builds on these values.

Competitive Sport

The College has a well-deserved reputation for competitive sport and participates in a huge number of fixtures each year, with over 120 teams across a range of sports. The major sports at DESC are Rugby, Netball, Football and Swimming, which are supported by Specialist Directors in each sport and a specific development programme. The College also fields competitive teams in Athletics, Aquathon, Basketball, Cricket, Golf, Rounders, Running, Tennis and Water polo, which are supported by experienced and qualified coaches alongside our PE staff.

Sporting Experiences

Sports Development Programmes

The College runs Sports Development Programmes in rugby, netball and football. Students selected to be on these programmes receive specialist coaching alongside their normal ECA and team coaching. They also receive specialist support in strength and conditioning. Players from these programmes have represented the College to a high level with some moving on to international sport, professional clubs, academies and scholarships. We are developing further exit pathways in conjunction with a range of partners to enable students to develop from Year 7 to Year 13 and beyond.