The British Trophy is a football tournament that is organized by BESA between international schools in Egypt since 2015. The tournament is run over 4 days between schools, where a team from each school; whether IGCSE, American Diploma, International Baccalaureate, canadian International Schools competes against those of other schools and the winning prize involves spending one week in the UK. Each school team consists from 7-9 players and accompanied by a school supervisor, usually the PE teacher. Registration is done through schools, as BESA cannot accept direct applications from individual students who are not accompanied by their school team and PE supervisor.
The tournament is usually conducted in February and registration is open a few months before it, where schools are required to send the interested students’ details. A registration fee is required for each student. Players have to also wear their school uniform throughout the competition. Transportation is also provided by the schools for the students to attend the tournament. Each school teams plays a number of matches to qualify for the next stages.
In 2018, the British Trophy had a participation of more than 20 international school teams, where teams were divided into groups and each team played a number of games to move-on to the final stages. The tournament was held atel El Zohour Club - New Cairo and was run in partnership with the ICESCO, Sinai University, University of Roehampton and University of Sunderland. The competition was supervised by Captain Tamer Begato and the ISESCO Representative in MENA Region, Dr. Salah Eldin El-Gafrawy.
Last year, Maadi Narmer School team, the second runner got the opportunity to travel to the UK for one week, where they visited major cities; such as Coventry and London and their main attractions: Stadium of Lights in Sunderland, home to Sunderland A.F.C, as well as the University of Sunderland campus.
The trophy is aimed at encouraging the incubation of physical education into the high schooll system in Egypt and to also give senior students aged 15-18 years the opportunity to tour universities in the UK and their campuses.
To know more about the British Trophy, guidelines and registration, contact our office for more details.