By Gary Anderson

March 14 - The Schools Olympic Programme finals will take place at the Aspire Dome in Doha next week ©QOCThe Aspire Dome in Doha will be the setting for the seventh edition of Qatar's Schools Olympic Programme (SOP) finals, which will see competitors aged between five and 18 taking part in a range of sports.

Operating under the theme of "Sport & Integrity", the SOP encourages fitness, work ethic, and teamwork as well as promoting sportsmanship and fair play, along with educating schools and participants on anti-doping.

The doping education programme, run in partnership with the International Centre of Sport Security (ICSS), the Qatar Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Qatar Anti-Doping Committee, and the Ministry of Interior, has been available to schools, teachers, parents, and students and includes informative activities, tours, presentations, and contests.

The finals taking place at the Aspire Dome in Doha next week are the culmination of a year of competition which has seen more than 26,000 students taking part in the SOP, which was first launched in 2007 and is organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) in partnership with the Supreme Education Council.

The Schools Olympic Programme has been running in Qatar since 2007 ©QOCThe Schools Olympic Programme has been running in Qatar since 2007 ©QOC

Girls and boys finals will be held across a range of sports including football, basketball, handball, volleyball, athletics, swimming and gymnastics.

The girls' finals is due to be held on March 20 with the boys' finals taking place the following day.

The Competition Boulevard at the Aspire Sports Academy will also feature a range of activities for adults and young children who are there to cheer on the young athletes taking part in competition.

For more information on the Schools Olympic Programme click here.

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