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The British School in The Netherlands

Sport and Wellbeing

Developing Sportsmanship & Fostering Talent

The Physical Education (PE) Departments at the BSN strive to provide a variety of opportunities to a large number of students, developing skills and sportsmanship while striving for excellence and fostering talent. We encourage all our students, whatever the age, to achieve their full potential, whilst ensuring a commitment to fair play and encouraging a philosophy of team spirit. We compete both locally, nationally and internationally in a range of sports, as well as running a recreational programme for all.

A child's physical development is very important and our specialist PE staff work with students throughout the school, to ensure they have adequate opportunities to be active and develop skills including coordination, balance, control, team working and leadership. 

The Cobis Games were awesome! We ended up the athletics champions and I'll never forget how amazing that felt!   Ellie, age 11

 

Sports Leadership

Many of our senior students take on additional sports coaching roles as part of their commitment to The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, the Community, Activity, Service (CAS) component of the IB Programme and A Level and IB Sports Leaders.  Their support - working with our well qualified and experienced coaching staff - has included Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Dance, Football, Running, and Swimming and offers invaluable experience of leadership and coaching.

International tournaments

Our students travel extensively to other international schools and tournaments around Europe to participate in the following sports:

  • Rugby (Junior & Senior)
  • Swimming (Junior & Senior)
  • Hockey (Senior)
  • Basketball (Senior)
  • Football (Senior)
  • Girls Gymnastics (Junior & Senior)

We participate in ISST (International Schools Sports Tournament) and ISGA (Independent Schools Gymnastics Association). In addition, our students participate in the annual Council of British International Schools (COBIS) Junior and Senior Games, in which students compete in a three-day competition including Athletics, Swimming and Football.

A recent fixture in our Junior School calendar is an annual sports competition against The British School of Paris, where students play Basketball, Hockey and Football in a one day tournament.  The Junior Schools also field teams in Football and Basketball against local international schools.

Our students have won many titles in different sports over the years and are well-respected competitors on the international school's circuit.

Local League Competition

As well as competing against other schools, certain sports teams – such as Hockey, Rugby and Basketball – participate weekly in local league games as part of the Dutch sports bond. This is made possible by some amazing volunteers whose commitment makes this kind of competition possible - and enables our students to achieve great things on the pitch!

Junior Competitions

Whilst many of the international competitions are for Senior School students, our younger children are also involved. In addition to an extensive range of recreational sports on offer, including Basketball, Cricket, Handball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Dodgeball, Badminton, Parkour, Dance and Basketball to name a few, children also have other opportunities to participate competitively in sports such as Gymnastics, Rugby and Swimming. Friendly fixtures are also arranged in sports such as Netball, Football and Athletics. 

House Competitions

At both Junior and Senior Schools, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of inter-house competitions, with Sport playing an important part.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) Programme

Our students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of clubs and activities through our Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) Programme.  The Sport and Wellbeing element aims to boost emotional and social wellbeing, improving physical fitness and encouraging goal setting, teamwork and the chance to develop Leadership skills. 

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