Welcome to ARCH

 

“For a touring side, it’s fantastic. Never pass up the opportunity to come”

Matt Prior, 2014

Ex Professional Cricketer, England International, and Sussex CCC 

ARCH Tournament

What is the ARCH Tournament?

Sporta Tours has been running the ARCH tournaments (ARabian CHallenge) since the company was formed in 2006 and it is now the largest international schools’ cricket tournament in the world. They are a series of cricket tournaments held in Dubai and the UAE for U15/16,  U18/19 school boy age groups, Women’s development teams, and our professional Emirates Airline Twenty20 Trophy.
 
The ARCH concept was created to enable schools to develop their U16s and U19s cricketers (years 9–11 and 11–13) and to help produce future 1st XI talent. Held in Dubai and the UAE during the school holidays – Sporta Tours is pleased to invite you to attend the ARCH tournaments.
 
These tournaments take place at fantastic venues throughout the UAE, including established professional grounds such as:
 
  • Emirates 7he Sevens – home of the Emirates Airline ARCH Trophy
  • Zayed Nursery Ground – at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

The tournaments offer:

  • International quality venues
  • International opposition
  • 8-team tournament. Two groups of four teams. 
  • All teams guaranteed four matches on turf wickets
  • Including at least one floodlight game

Who competes in the ARCH Tournament?

The School ARCH Trophies are truly international events with past winners including Benoni High School and Waterstone College from Johannesberg, and St. Kentigern’s from Auckland, Dubai College from the UAE and Eastbourne College and Stowe from the UK. Every year we welcome a number of prestigious schools from the United Kingdom, and invite the strongest UAE based teams to participate alongside our international  guests. 

What is the objective of the ARCH Tournament?

The ARCH Tournament aims to allow school groups to compete against opposition they would never otherwise get to play. The second key objective of the ARCH concept is to provide a cost-effective way for junior teams to play on professional standard wickets. We truly believe there isn’t a better value for money tour out there!

Find out more

Outside of the tournament entry, we will arrange all your travel logistics including, accommodation, transport and downtime activities. We also have access to competitive group flight rates, and if you book these through us you will be ATOL protected. Scroll down to view a sample itinerary, get a taste of the accommodation, and indicative pricing.

Benefits of the ARCH

 

  Fantastic sporting weather

  A very safe location

   World class sporting facilities

  ECB ACO umpires

  High quality hotels

   High quality airlines

   Unrivalled range of non-

 sport, downtime activities

   Top rate international schools as

 opposition

   Direct flights

  Online scorecards and statistics

  The possibility to combine tours

 with major sporting events 

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Sample itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive into Dubai or Abu Dhabi from an overnight flight. At the airport, a representative of Sporta Tours will meet you. Transfer to a local school or academy for a morning of training. Check into your hotel for rest, relaxation, exploring the surrounding area and an early night!

Day 2 – In the morning, acclimatise with a training run along the beach, with the iconic Burj Al Arab as your backdrop, then, depart the hotel after breakfast for your first 40-over match, against one of the teams in your group, Group A. In the evening, visit Dubai Creek and the world famous souks.

Day 3 – Depart the hotel for your second match against a second team in Group A – this time, one of the local academies. In the evening, visit Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, and enjoy dinner underneath the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, whilst enjoying the world’s largest choreographed fountain show.

Day 4 – Enjoy a mid-tour morning of rest to catch up on your sleep! In the afternoon, depart for Jumeirah Beach for beach cricket, swimming and sunbathing!

Day 5 – A day spent in the UAE Capital. After breakfast, depart the hotel for Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for a tour. After this, play your third fixture at the Zayed Stadium Nursery grounds against your final group stage opponents. En route back to the hotel, stop off at the Yas Marina F1 GP Circuit for a walk, cycle or run around the track.

Day 6 – Today is free to spend at leisure. Among the many extra activities you could do are some of the World’s best waterparks, the iconic Desert Safari dune bashing trip, or a cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – or for a really busy day you could do all three!

Day 7 – Depart the hotel for the Finals Day - your match will be against the team from Group B that finished in the same position you did in Group A. (The two teams that finished top of their group will play each other in a Grand Final for the trophy, and so on). In the evening, there will be time to revisit your favourite place from the tour and purchase those last minute gifts for friends and family back home! Check-in at the airport, Dubai’s is only a ten minute drive from the city centre, and fly home around midnight.

*Please be aware that this is a sample itinerary. We will build your itinerary based on your requirements and budget.

Accommodation

We only use hotels that we know from experience cater well for tour groups. In Dubai, we like to use a range of apartment hotels, rather than hotels with twin rooms, which allow more of your group to stay together. We believe this provides a better tour experience and is also easier for you, the staff, to manage. Our hotels are situated either in the city centre, or by the beach. 

Our hotels all feature gyms and swimming pools to keep you occupied in your downtime. All our packages include breakfast, and for evening meals, there is a large choice of restaurants in or around all our hotels, so you don’t have to revisit the same place each night.

 

Downtime

As a popular tourist destination, there is a wealth of downtime options to choose from in the UAE. Cultural experiences, water parks, and team building activities – we have it all covered. Below are just some of the options – click on the boxes below to learn more. 

 

Desert Safari

Desert safari with dune bashing

 

Catamaran Cruise

Catamaran Cruise

 

 

Mosque Visit

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the World

 

 

 

Relax at the beach

Relax at the beach

 

 

Kayaking on the Palm

 

Traditional souk

Shopping at traditional souks and the world’s largest mall

 

 

Wild Wadi

Extreme fun at a waterpark

 

 

F1 track visit

F1 track and Ferrari World visit

 

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Tour Inclusions

 

   7 days/6 nights accommodation on a B&B basis

   Free places for staff

   ARCH tournament entry

   Match food and water

  UAE transport including water for journeys

   Airport ‘meet and greet’ service

   Services of a Sporta Tours representative

   Use of a local mobile phone for tour leader,

 with pre-installed credit

   Excursions to include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,

 beach trips, the Dubai Creek and Souks, and access to

 the Yas Island F1 Circuit (subject to availability)

   

“This was another excellent tour and I am so grateful to you all for making it such a pleasure. The Sporta Tours team were all so easy to communicate with both before and during the trip and I don’t think you could have done anything more to make the trip a success”

Paul Gillam, 2015

Tour Leader, Eton College, United Kingdom


“The grounds were of world class standard. The boys were able to produce good cricket thanks to excellent facilities. The Sporta Tours team were of great assistance and in making sure any concerns were dealt with correctly”

Looch Adriaanse, March 2015

Cricket HPP Leader, Waterstone College, South Africa

Recent ARCH News:

Zayed Academy win the U19 ARCH Trophy

The Zayed Cricket Academy held their nerves to clinch a seven-run thriller over Eastbourne College of England to win the ARCH Trophy U19 title. Both Eastbourne and ZCA has won all three of their group games ahead of the Trophy Final, in a tournament that also featured... read more

Zayed Academy retain U15 ARCH Cup

Ruthless bowling from Karthik Meiyappan and Utarksh Srivastava saw Zayed Academy retain the U15 ARCH Cup, adding to their senior team’s victory in the U19 Trophy earlier in the week.  As well as the ADIB NSL victors, the ARCH Cup also featured the ICC Academy... read more

 

When are the next ARCH Tournaments?

We arrange ARCH events every year, and are currently planning for the following events. Please Contact Us to discuss a package:

Month Event Age Group Location Dates
April 2017

ARCH Trophy & Cup

U19s and U15s* UAE 2nd April – 9th April
Easter 2018 ARCH Trophy & Cup U19s and U15s UAE 26th March – 2nd April

View our School ARCH Trophy and Cup 2018 flyer here.  

*Possibly extending to U16s for smaller schools