Welcome to the ARCH Tournament

The ARCH Tournament (ARabian CHallenge) started in 2006. It was devised to provide schools with an overseas opportunity to develop their U15s and test their 1st XI talent. Taking place every year since 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. It offers schools/academies:

Fixtures at world class venues

Top rate international opposition

40-over matches including day/night fixtures

Guaranteed four matches on turf wickets plus training sessions 

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 Gillespie Academy from Australia, Benoni High School & Waterstone College from South Africa, St. Kentigern’s from New Zealand, Dubai College from the UAE and Eastbourne College 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 in the UAE every year, and are currently planning for the following events. Please Contact Us to discuss a package:

✓  Easter 2020: 1st IXs, U15As & U15Bs. Dates: 3rd – 10th April 2020

✓  Easter 2021: 1st IXs, U15As& U15Bs. Please view the brochure here

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

Trent College: on floodlit play, the ICC & Sporta Tours

A few words from Scott Boswell, Director of Cricket for Trent College, following their U15B's first experience of a floodlit game at none other than the world-class ICC Academy during the 2017 ARCH Tournament by Sporta Tours.

Trent College's A team competed in the ARCH tournament for schools this Easter. Scott commented, "An amazing experience ... many thanks to Sporta for organising it and realising some dreams for our U15 boys."


Find out more about the ARCH Tournament for schools and our 2018 package price which starts at just £1295pp.

Email Sporta Tours or call  +44 (0) 7976 685024

(Tour price subject to confirmation at booking - enhanced & extended options also available).

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 the Cheltenham College, Dubai College, Dubai International Academy, ICC Academy, Radley College and Royal Belfast Academy Institute. The full scorecards for the tournament, as well as all the individual player stats and  the Dream Team can be found here: link.  To register interest for the 2017 and 2018 ARCH Tournaments, visit our dedicated webpage here

Eastbourne, who had won the trophy in 2008, looked set to be the first team to bring the trophy home twice after winning the toss and then bowling their opponents out for 122 in 31.0. ZCA battled back though with a fine all-round team effort to bowl out Eastbourne for 115in 38.4  at The Sevens Stadium last Friday.

Abdullah Asif played the stand-out role. He smashed a 15-ball 27 highlighted by three sixes and a four during ZCA's innings and provided the early breakthrough in the bowling by taking the first two wickets.

Eastbourne were in the driving seat at 68 for two when Umar Zia turned it around for ZCA. He took two wickets in two balls and then bagged a third two overs later. Moiz Qazi then caught the next man followed by a run-out resulting from a direct hit on the stumps from Mohammed Riyan. Eastbourne were suddenly 74 for seven.

Eastbourne rallied to progress to 90 without further loss until Yodhin Punja, a UAE international player, struck. Jonathan Figy then ended Eastbourne's threatening partnership with his first delivery in his only over before Asif's bowling in the final over completed a remarkable victory.

Thanks goes to all the teams for making this year's event such a great success. We hope to see you again.


✓ 7 day / 6 night tour

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

Prices from £995 per person excluding airfares

World class cricket venues

U19 ARCH Trophy & U15 ARCH Cup categories

Well matched competition from international schools

ECB ACO umpires

Choice of 4* & 5* accommodation

Great weather & safe destination

Award-winning cultural excursions

Extensive range of downtime options

Direct flights & ground transportation

Sporta Tours team liaison

Potential to combine tours with major sporting events

Day 1 – Fly to the UAE. On arrival, a member of the Sporta Tours team will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel for check in. Afternoon net training session to stretch the legs after your international flight.

Day 2 – First match day at the ICC Cricket Academy preceded by a warm-up session at the facility. Hot lunch between innings and water throughout the day.

Day 3 – Second match day at the Sevens, Dubai. Experience a day/night match under floodlights.

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 the souks. 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.

Day 5 – Transfer to Abu Dhabi. Third match day at Abu Dhabi Cricket with a warm-up session before and a buffet lunch between innings plus water throughout the day. Check into your new hotel in Abu Dhabi in the evening.

Day 6 – Enjoy a free day and time for a further excursion such as a waterpark.

Day 7 – Check out of your hotel in the morning. ARCH Finals Day fixtures for all. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight(s).

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

The 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. It means transfer times are 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. Our selected hotels and apartment-hotels feature gyms, pools and lounge areas for groups to enjoy during their downtime too.

2019 – Cheltenham College, UK (Trophy) Gillespie Academy, Australia (Cup) Epsom College, UK (Shield)

2018 – Eton College, UK (Cup) 

2017 – Stowe School, UK (Trophy) Bedford College, UK (Cup) Midland Academy, UK (Shield)

2016 – Zayed Academy, UAE (Trophy) Zayed Academy, UAE (Cup)

2015 – Waterstone College, South Africa (Trophy) Zayed Academy, UAE (Cup)

2014 – Zayed Academy, UAE (Trophy) Zayed Academy (Cup)

2013 – Zayed Academy, UAE (Trophy)

2012 – Bradfield College, United Kingdom (Trophy)

2011 – Stowe School, United Kingdom (Trophy)

2010 – St Kentigern College, New Zealand (Trophy)

2009 – Dubai College, UAE (Trophy)

2008 – Eastbourne College, UK (Trophy)


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

Scott Boswell, 2019

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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