ACS Doha balances learning inside the classroom with learning and developing outside of the traditional classroom setting, with co-curricular activities being an integral part of this. Since the opening of ACS Doha in September 2011, the school’s ASA Programme has been an integral part in addressing the need to continue to learn and develop outside the classroom as well as for students to socialise, have fun and to build lifelong friendships. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response and there are currently 180 students from KG through to Grade 12 taking part in the programme.
ACS Doha is celebrating the school’s historic victory earlier this month in the Qatar Foundation (QF) League U19 final. This an outstanding achievement considering this was the school’s first senior football squad, who played their first season, eventually winning to become the best school football team in Doha. The team are currently being coached by Chris Quinn and are busy preparing for their first overseas football tournament in Dubai in February 2016.
ACS Hillingdon recently hosted the ISST (International Schools Sports Tournament) Softball competition, it was exciting to see over a hundred girls from eight different schools compete and make new friends.
The Softball team is just one of 35 different sport teams we’ve had at school over the last year. Extracurricular sports provide an opportunity for students to have fun, socialise and compete in their hobbies and develop lifelong skills which benefit them both in the classroom and beyond into the world of work.
Students spend a lot of time in doors, extra-curricular sports can help promote general well-being. We have a year round programme featuring an array of sports to appeal to all age groups and interests; from swimming and rugby in Autumn; cross country and volleyball in Winter; and tennis, softball, golf and baseball in Spring.
Research shows that leading an active lifestyle improves sleep, increases metabolism, and develops self-esteem. It’s a simple way for students to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.
We’re proud of our varied extra-curricular sports programme at ACS Hillingdon. There is something for each student – whether they want to compete seriously in inter-school tournaments, or if they just want to blow off some steam and have fun with their friends.