GEMS World Academy

Athletics Centre
of Excellence

GWA in partnership with AIS Athletics have launched the UAE's first centre of excellence for track & field athletics. 

The fantastic track & field facilities at GWA, combined with the world-class coaches provided by AIS Athletics makes this programme one of a kind in the UAE. The programme is free for 100 selected GWA sports scholars. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the GWA Athletics Centre of Excellence?

The GWA COE is a pathway created for GEMS World Academy students to help them develop, and fast track their sporting ability under the guidance of world-class coaches. The aim of the programme is for students to achieve excellence in the sport of their choice through the development of transferable skills, such as speed, strength, and stamina.

What is the selection criteria for the GWA COE?

To be selected as part of the GWA Athletics Centre of Excellence, students must recieve a GWA Athletics Scholarship.

What is the selection criteria for the GWA Sports Scholarship?

AIS Athetics will be in charge of selecting 100 GWA athletics scholars. This will be 10 students (5 boys, 5 girls) in each age group from grade 2 to grade 10. We will then select a further 10 students overall. The scholarship will be awarded to students who best fit the follwing criteria: 1) Competing at a high standard in multiple sports 2) Competing abroad when possible in their chosen sport 3) Representing their school team 4) Representing a team outside of school 5) A regular medal winner in sports events 6) A holder of school records 7) Participate in extra curricular sport 2-3 times a week.

Is the GWA Athletics Scholarship just for athletics?

Yes, This is an athletics scholarship, however is available to all students that participate in any sport. Even if they are new to athletics and dont have much experience.

What if my child meets the criteria?

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee that you will receive the scholarship due to the limited numbers on scholars on programme. To ensure the selection process is fair we will have a selection panel of three. This will include two members of the AIS athletics team, and one member of the GWA PE team.

How do I apply for the GWA Sports Scholarship?

To apply for your child please fill out the application form located on the page.

What if my child doesn't get selected?

There is no guarantee that your child will get selected as there is a limited amount of scholarships available and lots of applications to get through. If your child doesn’t get selected there is nothing to worry about. It simply means that on this occasion we decided to go with another application. Your child is still able to attend different sessions provided by AIS Athletics.

Can you give me feedback if my child is unsuccessful?

We will certainly be able to give you feedback regarding your childs application.

What does a GWA Sports Scholarship mean for my child?

By receiving a GWA Sports Scholarship your child will be part of the GWA Athletics Centre of Excellence. This will include the following: 1) Free access to training sessions twice a week at GWA. 2) Free access to our Athlete Mentorship Programme. 3) Free access a children's sports nutritionist. 4) Free access to performance testing & monitoring.

What are our expectations for GWA Athletics Scholars?

All GWA Athletics Scholars are expected to train twice a week. Any students not able to meet this criteria will have their scholarship status reviewed. AIS Athletics reserve the right to remove students from the programme.

Is the application process anonymous?

We ensure non disclosure of your applicants. All successful scholars will however be made public once selected and confirmed onto the programme.

Can I withdraw my child's application?

Once applied you have the option to withdraw you application by simply emailing

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