Reigning COBIS Games champions set to turn out at inaugural World Primary School Games in Dubai.

The best young athletes from around the world will descend on the UAE in February 2018 for The World School Games 2018. The unique international multi-sport event will present an opportunity to showcase the talent, diversity and sportsmanship of primary school students worldwide.

The World School Games is a three day international sports event staged in Dubai and attended by some of the most prestigious International schools across the globe. Teams of between 16-24 students from each school will take part in swimming, athletics and football in a bid to accrue the most points and be crowned World Champions.

James Hair, of The World School Games organising committee commented, “Our vision is to create a truly international event that brings together students from all over the world, breaks down social and cultural barriers, and celebrates the talents and diversity of children from different countries, backgrounds and education systems. Sport is an important part of Dubai’s modern identity and this city presents the perfect destination to host this global event.”

Despite 2018 being the inaugural year, the competition has captured the imaginations of schools from far and wide. Schools from Spain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Uganda have registered for The Games, which will in part be staged at Dubai's premier sports venue – Dubai Sports City. Notable attendees include St Catherine’s British School (Athens), Children’s International School (Lagos), and reigning COBIS Primary Games champions four years running, St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi.

“It’s a competition we are excited to be part of – our squads have been selected and kicked off their morning training programme this week, starting in the pool. We’re preparing for the most competitive competition in our history so it’s important we train properly” said Mrs Udo, Head of Athletic Operations at St Saviour’s School.

Although international registrations for the World Primary School Games have now closed, there are still three places remaining for UAE schools. Schools interested in competing should express their interest by emailing: .

Gulf Youth Sport is the official media partner of The World Primary School Games 2018. Selected events will be live streamed so that families across the world can tune in and support.