About us


Sports Academy School was founded by sports enthusiasts with a vision to disrupt traditionally models of sports education and equip students with the skills they need for the future.

Encouraging a growth mindset, where students are open to learning,

adapting, and continuously improving their skills.

03. we are passionate
Sports is our passion. We Encourage students to nurture their love for sport, fostering a lifelong passion for physical activity and healthy living.

04. we are a community
We are a community that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and a shared love for sports. With state-of-the-art facilities and a team of dedicated professionals, we provide an environment that encourages personal growth, fosters resilience, and promotes a strong sense of belonging.   

Sports Academy School is the first technical school of sports recognized by the Ministry of Education.

As part of our goals to continuously provide our students with the best level of education and to constantly improve our institution, SAS worked hard in order to receive awards and work towards continuous improvement.

Our founders


Zeina Mina holds a doctorate in Sports Science and was the former Dean of the Sports Science Faculty at Antonine University in Lebanon (2009-2019). After her sports career, including participation in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, she became an influential figure in Lebanese sports, serving as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports and later heading the Sports Commission for the Francophone Games in Beirut in 2009. Zeina currently resides in Paris, working as the Director of the International Committee of the Francophone Games. In 2008, she founded “Performance First,” a sports expertise center in Lebanon. She also launched “Lebanese Young Talents” to support students’ education and athletic development, establishing the “Sports Academy School” to help students aged 13 and above balance studies and training.


Dr Georges Assaf holds his doctorate in sports physiology from the university of Kinesiology in Zagreb.

He is the co-founder and technical director at performance first health club and sports academy school.

He’s also made a career as an athletic and rehabilitation trainer, working with many elite athletes and professional teams across Lebanon and the Arab world such as the football and basketball national teams as well as being an Olympic coach for track and field athletes.

Marjolaine Deborde

Marjolaine Deborde, originally from Lyon, France, is a Physical Education and Sports professor with a passion for volleyball, dancing, and sliding sports. She has worked in various regions worldwide, including France, Guyana, USA, and Morocco, serving as a teacher, school sports coordinator, and EPS trainer. For four years, she held the position of Deputy Director at Sports Academy School in Lebanon. Marjolaine holds two master’s degrees: one in “Sport and Performance” from the University of Lyon 1 and another in “Training of International Trainers” from the University of Bordeaux. Her pedagogical and sports expertise has been instrumental in multiple local and international school projects. Currently, she serves as the “Olympic and Paralympic Week Ambassador” in Lebanon for the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, actively promoting the upcoming Games in Lebanon through various initiatives with SAS and the French Embassy.

SAS Through the years


Establishment of the sports education program and implementation of the SAS model at the ministry of education


Inception of SAS enrollment 

56 students


Students attend an educational training camp including a ski trip with the Lebanese army

French football legend and World Cup winner Lilian Thuram visits SAS

First overseas training camp trip Cyprus


The opening of SAS's 2nd campus Zouk Mikael

First participation in the Beirut Marathon 3rd place podium

Coinciding with its third-year Anniversary SAS celebrates its first Graduation Ceremony


TS and BP sections are instituted


Participation in the National school sports Federation circuit-training championship in France

First group to pass the Delf exam

SAS collaborates with the Lebanese American university on offering sports diplomas and training


SAS celebrates a momentous milestone 377 fresh graduates

50 schools in Lebanon adopt the SAS model through the Ministry of Education

LT section is instituted

360 active students

BP - BT - TS – LT

SAS obtains the prestigious Celf accreditation

Four SAS students are accepted into renowned universities abroad

Two SAS alumni along with SAS's director represent Lebanon in Athletics at Tokyo 2020


French Football Player Leo Dubois visits SAS and becomes our Ambassador

SAS organizes the First Olympic Day for the French Institute with 150 participants

SAS obtains the prestigious LABELFRANCEDUCATION accreditation from the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

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