Providing Sporting Excellence
Best Sports Schools in the UAE - Teen Sports & Fitness Awards, 2016 - Runner-Up
Our vision at WSO is to ensure our students are World Class, World Ready. Through a combination of specialist teaching, first-class facilities and breadth of curriculum opportunities, P.E and Sport at WSO provides pathways for lifelong participation, physical activity and sporting excellence.
All students from FS1 to Post-16 gain experience in a rich and broad range of sporting activities during curriculum lessons, taught by specialist teachers. Our extensive range of co-curricular squads further enhances our curriculum; including Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Badminton, Golf, Athletics, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Handball, Trampolining, Hockey, Tennis, Rounders, and Swimming. The focus on student welfare at WSO also extends into Sport, with programmes on injury recovery, athlete welfare and nutritional advice, being an integral part of our Squads.
Primary’s commitment to progressing elite sports is further enhanced through elite enrichment training for Years 3-6 in Football, Rugby, Netball, and Basketball.
Our commitment to our elite level athletes in Secondary is evident through our unique ‘Sports Development Academy’, which was recognised as the ‘Best Development Pathway within Education’ in the UAE Teen Awards 2017.
WSO Primary was one of the 20 schools that participated in the 2019 World School Games. After our incredible success in 2018, winning the swimming and finishing fifth overall, we built on our success to finish fourth overall, against teams from all around the world over a three-day competition. Success across Primary and Secondary has resulted in WSO being nominated as ‘Best School for Sport’ in SchoolsCompared.com 2019 Awards.
Many students choose to study GCSE P.E, by completing four components over the duration of the course; two theory components, one coursework, and one practical unit. Two hours a week are dedicated to theory and one hour per week focuses on their practical skills. Involvement in outside clubs and associations can also contribute to the practical element.
Year 12 and 13 students have a choice of two pathways; BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) or IB Sports Studies.
Our outstanding provision for Sport at WSO is the reason why our Physical Education Department was recognised as ‘highly commendable’ in the recent Middle East Journal Awards.
WSO has its own Rugby Academy, led by our Director of Rugby and a team of World Rugby qualified coaching staff, offering Contact Rugby Squads for U9 – U19 boys and Rippa Rugby Squads for U12-U19 girls. We are proud of our inclusive Rugby Family atmosphere that welcomes all players and parental support.
Following a full pre-season training programme and optional weekend training camps, the students in our Rugby squads attend four training sessions per week during the school day; in addition to Rugby skills training, the Rugby Squads enjoy fitness programmes, with a dedicated Strength and Conditioning Coach, in the swimming pools and Conditioning Suite.
The P.E department has created external club links with established high performance Rugby Clubs for those students who wish to further their rugby experiences through ‘Club Rugby’ on evenings and weekends.
GEMS Scholarship opportunities are also available for students demonstrating Excellence in Rugby.
Sports Development Academy
The Sports Development Academy (SDA) is a two-tier youth development programme which involves our most talented sporting students from Years 7-10, with the aim to grow tomorrow’s elite by developing the whole athlete, not just a physically fit athlete.
Both the Junior and Senior SDA students cover three strands across the year; Physical Literacy, Knowledge and Mindset. Too many young athletes train many hours a week, but only seek help when there is a problem. Our SDA programme aims to give these high achieving students the knowledge, physical literacy skills and mindset to deal with the pressures they are under as well as achieve their goals.
Sport for Students of Determination
We are further enhancing the sports provision and opportunities for our Students of Determination. With the Special Olympics being hosted in the UAE in 2019, we want to inspire the next generation of athletes by providing inclusive opportunities to compete in events such as the Unity and Horizon Games.
Partner school with Sport Leaders UK
Students at WSO have the opportunity to gain internationally recognised awards and qualifications through Sports Leaders UK. As a partner in the UAE, WSO facilitates this Sports Leader training, through the Leadership Academy Programme, which equips young people with employability skills for life by improving motivation, self-esteem, communication, team work, and confidence. Leadership volunteering is a vital part of all of the Sports Leader courses, allowing young people to practice and build their skills to help them in employment and education. From Primary Playmakers to Level 3 Leaders, we ensure that every is given an opportunity to be involved in sports.