Welcome to the ARCH Cricket Tournament

What is the ARCH Tournament?

The ARCH Tournament (ARabian CHallenge) started in 2006 to help schools develop their U15s and test their 1st XI talent. Taking place every year since 2006 in the UAE, it is now established as the world’s largest international cricket tournament for schools. 
ARCH features two categories, the U15 ARCH CUP and the 1st XIs ARCH Trophy, and offers schools/academies –


  • Fixtures at world class venues such as the Zayed Cricket Academy and ICC Academy
  • Top rate international opposition
  • Combination of 40-over & T20 matches plus a day/night fixture  
  • Guaranteed four matches on turf wickets and training sessions 
  • Exclusive post-tournament dinner and awards event  
  • Extensive range of cultural, fun and educational downtime options

Who competes in the ARCH Tournament?

ARCH is an international event.  We welcome schools from across the UK and overseas every year, and invite the strongest UAE-based teams to participate alongside our international guests. Past winners include Benoni High School and Waterstone College from Johannesberg, St. Kentigern’s from Auckland, Dubai College from the UAE and Bedford School, Eastbourne College and Stowe School from the UK. 

What is the objective of the ARCH Tournament?

ARCH enables schools and academies to compete against opposition they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to play. It also provides a cost effective way for junior teams to play on professional standard wickets. We believe there isn’t a better value-for-money tour out there!

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:

Benefits of the ARCH

  World class cricket venues

 1st XI ARCH Trophy & U15 ARCH

       Cup categories

  Well matched competition from

       international schools

  ECB ACO umpires

 Online scorecards & stats

 Choice of 4* & 5* accommodation

  Great weather & safe destination

  Award-winning cultural


  Extensive range of downtime  


  Direct flights & ground


 Sporta Tours team liaison 

  Potential to combine tours

 with major sporting events 

Month Event Age Group Location Dates
Easter 2020 ARCH Cup, Shield, Trophy U15 As, U15 Bs, 1st XIs UAE 3rd – 8th & 5th – 10th April
Easter 2021 ARCH Cup, Shield, Trophy U15 As, U15 Bs, 1st XIs UAE TBC – please express your interest

Find out more

Sporta Tours offer a comprehensive ARCH package. In addition to tournament entry, we include direct flights and all ground transportation, accommodation – with a choice of excellent 4* and 5* hotels and apartment-hotel choices, plus Sporta Tours team liaison and use of a local mobile phone from the moment you touch down to departure. We also tailor itineraries to feature varied cultural, fun and educational activities to help schools get the most from their time on tour.

For more details, email roger@sportagroup.com.


Sample itinerary 

Travel Day – Evening departure with direct flight options from a range of UK airports. Airport meet and greet by the Sporta team and transfer to hotel.

Day 1 – Morning training session at the ICC Cricket Academy followed by a free afternoon providing time for rest and relaxation on the beach or an adrenalin-fuelled trip to the Wild Wadi water park in Dubai.

Day 2 – First match day at the ICC Cricket Academy preceded by a warm-up session at the facility. Teams enjoy a buffet lunch between innings and water throughout the day which will conclude with an ARCH Launch event in the evening.

Day 3 – Match day at the ICC Cricket Academy with time for a warm-up before. A buffet lunch between innings and water throughout the day are also included.

Day 4 – A free day enabling schools to explore and sightsee. Options include a visit to Dubai Creek with lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding or a visit to Karama Market. Alternatively, spend time on the beach or head to Dubai Mall and take a trip along the city’s spectacular new canal. After lunch head off for a desert safari, bbq dinner and cultural show under the stars, followed by transfer to host city Abu Dhabi for the second phase of the tour.

Day 5 – Match day at the Zayed Cricket Stadium with a warm-up session before and a buffet lunch between innings plus water throughout the day.

Day 6 – A free morning and opportunity for a further excursion or spend time relaxing poolside prior to a day/night T20 match and evening meal.

Day 7 – Finals day, followed by an exclusive ARCH presentation ceremony. Transfer to the airport for return flight to the UK.

*This is a sample itinerary – Sporta Tours create a tailored package based on schools’ individual requirements and budget.




The 2018 ARCH package offers a choice of excellent quality 4* and 5* hotels and apartment hotels, all specially selected for their suitability for touring groups. Apartment hotels are a popular option, allowing more people to room together. This often provides a better tour experience for students and makes for an easier arrangement for schools to manage.

Our accommodation options are also chosen for their location, to ensure transfer time is kept to a minimum and teams are within easy reach of nearby restaurants and attractions, whether city-based or near the beach.

Packages include breakfast as standard and our selected hotels and apartment hotels feature gyms, pools and lounge areas for groups to enjoy during their downtime.


There is an extensive range of excellent downtime options 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 day / 6 night tour to host city Abu Dhabi & Dubai

   Excellent quality accommodation

   ARCH tournament entry

   Match food and water

  All ground transportation

   Airport ‘meet and greet’ service

   Dedicated Sporta Tours team liaison

   Use of a local mobile phone 

   Extensive range of excursion options

“An amazing experience – many thanks to Sporta Tours for organising it and realising some dreams for our U15 boys.”

Scott Boswell, 2017

Director of Cricket, Trent College

“Sporta Tours represents outstanding value for money and ticks every box.”

George Houghton, 2017 

Housemaster & Teacher of PE & Games, Wellingborough School

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