Five Doha College students had the honour of playing under the Qatari flag at the recent Asia Rugby Sevens tournament hosted in Malaysia.
DC boys Druan Harcombe, Olayinka Famuyiwa, Matthieu Haynes, Ayoub Arredouani (all in Year 12) and Alex Crowe (Year 13) joined team mates from Qatar and played against Malaysia, China, Hongkong, Laos, Uzbekistan and South Korea in the tough competition, putting on an honourable performance. The boys are continuing a strong tradition of rugby playing at Doha College.
Vice-Principal Neil Thomas previously represented Qatar in the Asia Rugby Championship, while a group of four Doha College female students represented Qatar at last year’s West Asian Rugby Sevens in Lebanon – and defeated every team they faced – and alumnus Tom Ayling played for Qatar in 2016.
Doha College excels in many other sports and enjoys close cooperation with its sports academy, Evolution Sports Qatar. It offers GCSE, AS and A Level courses in physical education and academic PE, as well as a BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching. DC students and staff are involved with many local sports clubs, and the school organises the annual Doha College 5k and 10k Race, now a traditional fixture in Qatar’s sporting calendar.
Team member Matthieu Heynes said that for him to be selected for the team was quite surprising because there were many others that could have been picked. He felt very honoured and proud to have played for the national team.
Find out more about the PE curriculum offered at Doha College through their website at dohacollege.com.