Organising Committee

Dubai Schools Games Organising Committee

Dubai Schools Games Steering Committee Announced

For the first time ever all private schools in Dubai have the opportunity to compete against one another in the Dubai Schools Games, an initiative launched by the Dubai Sports Council in consultation with the KHDA. The launch of the schools games sees a safe “Opt-In” return to school sports and to promote physical and mental health and well-being for all.

A set of robust protocols will be in place, which are designed for student participation in training and competitive sports and include measures which will be implemented in addition to the standard protocols as it is our priority for a safe return to sport.

An Organising committee, comprising of various school curricula, has been appointed to provide equal opportunity across the education spectrum and create an inclusive playing field for all participants. This committee will also ensure that all elements of the Games are in line with the technical delivery and vision of the sporting community. The committee consists of a steering committee and a sports committee that will divided in to two, an individual sports committee and a team sports committee.

Steering Committee:

The Steering Committee is a group of five board members who will oversee and support the running of Dubai Schools Games to increase schools’ participation in an organised and safe manner.

Meet the Steering Committee

Lee Holloway

Emirates International School - Meadows
Director of Sport and Assistant Headteacher

I am a huge sports fan, passionate about keeping fit whilst enjoying the physical/mental benefits of exercise. Often found on my bike, running, or playing football, cricket, golf, you name it. Invaluable experience in school sport, both locally and internationally. Since qualifying as a PE Teacher many years ago I have worked across the world in the field of sports and education, including Australia, UK, USA and now the UAE. Very proud of my work in the strategic planning and delivery of the UK’s School Sports Partnership programme and the School Games National Finals. Within the UAE gained some valuable exposure working with the Ministry of Education to establish and introduce the first Emirati Schools Sports Championships for state schools. I am looking forward to being able to help develop and deliver an outstanding Dubai School Games to provide sporting opportunities to young people in the Emirate.

Interesting Fact: I have been 150 feet below and 15,000 feet above sea level, both times I had my goggles on.

James Bedford
(Vice Chair & Head of Team Sports)

Kings School Al Barsha
Director of Sport & Head of PE

After arriving in August 2011, I gained a wealth of experience of both school and academy sports in Dubai over the past decade. Originally from Liverpool, UK, I have a passion to ensure all children have the best opportunities to take part in sports and to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. In the past few year, I organised the largest (to date) ‘British School Middle East Games’ and setup select, reginal teams across a number of sports for schools in Dubai. These opportunities have afforded many students the chance to excel in their chosen sport, providing lasting memories and for many young athletes across the city.

Interesting Fact: I once lived next door to the real-life Robin Hood – Kevin Costner, whilst living and working in Los Angeles.

Jaison Jacob
(Vice Head of Team Sports)

GEMS Modern Academy
Physical Education Teacher

I joined the GEMS family in the year 2005 and through my career, I worked as a teacher, subject coordinator, and head of the department. At present I am teacher at GEMS Modern Academy. Being a football enthusiast and passionate in coaching, I am looking after the grassroots (boys) football at my school.

Interesting Fact: According to my friends and colleagues, I am UNSMILING.

Scott Hibbard
(Head of Individual Sports)

GEMS Dubai American Academy
Athletic Director

I am passionate about sports and activities and how to involve students. I firmly believe in providing opportunities for students to participate In the program. I have worked for over 25 years in international curriculum schools, which has spanned 6 schools and 5 countries. I received by Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Slipper Rock University in Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Science degree in Athletics Administration from Grace College and Seminary in Indiana. I have also received a Certificate of Athletics Administration from the NIAAA.

Interesting Fact: I moved to Germany to pursue a baseball career and ended up playing and coaching the Wehrheim Raccoons for 3 years. This saw the club earn promotion to higher leagues in each season.

Jayne Jauncey
(Vice Head of Individual Sport)

Kent College Dubai
Head of Primary PE

Sport has always played an integral part of my family’s life; competing at National Level it was a natural progression for my hobby to become part of my professional life. My degree allowed me to spend time studying Sport Science in America before graduating from the UK. My passion for sport and adventure has seen me teaching around the world before bringing me here to the UAE. Outside of school with my family I have been able to run a successful Triathlon Club.

Interesting Fact: I once challenged Darren Campbell to a race.

Team and individual sports Committee:

The Team and Individual Sports Committee will consist of two sport specialists for each team and individual sport. One sport specialist will oversee the primary sport and the other will oversee secondary.

Christopher Walsh

(Golf - Primary & Secondary)

Kent College Dubai

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Interesting Fact : I once sat and watched the Wimbledon final in the royal box with Sean Connery.

Martin Taylor

(Swimming - Primary)

GEMS Wellington International School

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Interesting Fact : I coached alongside the Head Coach two Olympic swimmers for London 2012

Joanne Hearty

(Swimming - Secondary)

GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail

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Stephen Munnery

(Cycling - Primary & Secondary)

Kent College Dubai

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Interesting Fact : I once rode my bike 215km across the UAE from Sharjah to Fujeirah in the coast to coast challenge.

Katie Allason

(Athletics - Primary & Secondary)

GEMS Wellington International School

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Interesting Fact : Essex Inter girls Team manager who were the English Schools Athletics Champions

Darren Brown

(Cross Country - Primary & Secondary)

Kent College Dubai

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Interesting Fact : I was part of a winning, running team that competed in the 100km Pharaonic Race in the middle of the Egyptian desert.

Matthew Thomas

(Determination Events - Primary)

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis

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Interesting Fact : I am a national trainer for the Special Olympics UAE and a volunteer at the Dubai Club for the People of Determination

Matthew Aldred

(Determination Events - Secondary)

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis

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Interesting Fact : I have 2 small dogs, Inky and Mouse. I am heading the Secondary determination games.


(Table Tennis - Primary & Secondary)

Our Own High School

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Kushal Sachdevas

(Water Polo - Primary & Secondary)

GEMS Modern Academy

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Interesting Fact : I made a comeback as a professional sportsperson in 2017 after a gap of 12 years and was selected for Asia Pacific in 2018 – held at Hong Kong.