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By: Joost Langendonck

Director of Sport & Head of Department and Primary School Physical Education Teacher

Fortunately, for the last few weeks, we have been able to resume competing against other international schools in swimming, basketball and football that were paused for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These regular competitions offer our young athletes valuable opportunities to practice, learn, grow and improve their skills.

Read below an overview of what we do, why we do it, and how it helps bring our community back together and better understand what happens on the pitch, track, court, and in the water.

  • UWC Thailand has a large number of students involved in after-school sports. Football is one of our most popular sports, and we have 70 boys and girls competing in U7, U9, U11, U13 and U/O15.
  • We offer basketball training for 60 players from U9, U11, U13 and U/O15.
  • Our Manta swim team has approximately 65 swimmers in the pools; while on the track, we see around 25 to 30 runners from primary and secondary, training twice a week. 
  • Volleyball is growing in popularity, and the team continues to grow.
  • Last but not least, we have a group of 16 high-performance athletes training with external coaches. They follow a high-performance program at school to help them maintain a balance between academics, sports, and personal goals.

Inter-school matches in Phuket

Over the last few weeks, we have started playing competitions with HeadStart International School here in Phuket. It has provided our U11 mixed football team, U13 girls football and both U/O15 boys and girls teams with a chance to play several games (home & away). These games help students refocus on competition and renew their energy and drive to train consistently to develop the skills needed to compete. UWC Thailand has been competitive in most of the matches, and our teams displayed true grit and determination in all aspects of the game. 

Our swim team enjoyed competitions both at Thanyapura Sports Resort (time trial), HeadStart (primary team) and BISP (both primary and secondary teams). The Manta swimmers are consistently pushing themselves to achieve new personal bests!

Our basketball players progressed tremendously over the two games against HeadStart. They showed resilience, team spirit, and increased understanding of competition. 

Looking ahead to regional sports events

We hope that we will soon be able to bring all schools in Phuket together again for more significant events in these and other sports such as running (including cross country).

Our athletes and teams are encouraged to pick up the baton and show their coaches and teammates that the UWC Thailand Mantas are ready to compete and work hard to be the best they can be.

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