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Some students love it, others not so – but whatever side of the boundary your children like to sit on, sport is an important and compulsory part of any school curriculum.
The international schools within Beijing have excellent facilities for playing sport either for recreation or competitively.
The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (BSB) is one such school that offers a wide range of facilities to provide a comprehensive sports programme for students.
These facilities include a full-size football pitch that can be used for other sports such as softball and field hockey. There is also a running track, an indoor swimming pool and a gym for volleyball, basketball, badminton and floorball.
Students also make use of a cardio and weights room that has the latest equipment.
In August 2014, students will also begin using a Sports Dome, which will provide another option during poor air quality or bad weather situations.
At weekends, BSB is regularly filled with the sights and sounds of children playing football and other competitive sports organised by various groups.
BSB is also an active participant in Asia-wide School Sports Associations that provide students with a fantastic opportunity to travel to other cities throughout the region and compete against their peers from other international schools.
In the current school year, BSB students have been to Seoul, Hong Kong and Dalian to compete in events organised by the following associations:
ACAMIS – Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (volleyball, basketball, netball, rugby, swimming and football)
FOBISIA–Federation of British International Schools in Asia (football, athletics, swimming and basketball or T-Ball)
ISAC – International Schools Athletic Conference (volleyball, basketball and football)
In fact, this week a team of 36 BSB primary school students are heading to Hong Kong to compete in the FOBISIA Primary Games in Hong Kong.
Boys and Girls teams in Under 9s, 10s and 11s will be striving to win individual and team medals in swimming, football, athletics and (this year) T-Ball.
BSB’s Director of Sport, Mr Travis Washko, said in the 2013/2014 school year, BSB has seen a record turn-out of students competing in sport.
He said a highlight in particular was the large number of students participating in the BSB AquaBears competitive swimming programme.
“We had more than one hundred students try out for the training squads at the start of the year and from this we were able to form squads of swimmers with varying abilities,” Mr Washko said.
“We have worked on helping each student reach their potential and from this we have seen some fantastic results and personal achievements from the students throughout the year.”
The AquaBears programme epitomises the overall BSB sports programme.
“We want to providegood opportunities to those students who want to strive to improve their skills and play competitively, as well as giving those students who are less interested the chance to discover what sport they may like doing,” Mr Washko said.
“Ultimately it is about participation, doing your best, understanding good sportsmanship and – most of all – having fun,” he said.
For further information on the Sports programme at The British School of Beijing, Shunyi, please contact Mr Travis Washko or any other member of the Sports department who will be happy to answer your questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
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