By Uhuru Tyrie-Socha
More than 200 students from as far afield as Asia, Africa and the Middle East were invited to The Hague at the start of June for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) Games 2013, hosted by The British School in The Netherlands (BSN). Having been crowned champions at the first ever COBIS Games in 2012, the BSN were given the honour of hosting and organising the games this year. The COBIS Games brought together children between the ages of nine and eleven to compete for the opportunity to be the COBIS Games Champions 2013.
Following a colourful Opening Ceremony on the Thursday evening, it was down to business on Day 1 of the competition as the Basketball tournament got underway. The competition produced a series of captivating matches, but it was The British School Al Khubairat, representing Abu Dhabi, who secured the Basketball title after winning silver medals in both the boys and girls tournaments.
The Athletics competition on Day 2 was equally if not more enthralling with COBIS Games records tumbling throughout the day. After a flurry of gold and silver medals in the final few events, which included some captivating races, the BSN successfully retained the sought after Athletics title they’d won in 2012.
Going into the final day and the much anticipated mixed boys and girls Football competition, several teams were still very much in the running for the overall COBIS Games title. Two of these - King’s College Madrid and The British School Al Khubairat - made it through to a thrilling final. The match was finally decided by two fantastic efforts from the Spanish team, resulting in a 2-0 victory and a well-deserved triumph in the Football tournament for King’s College Madrid. If, however, there was any disappointment in the British School Al Khubairat camp, it was to be extremely short lived as within a matter of minutes after collecting their silver medals for the Football competition, they were announced and confirmed as the overall COBIS Games 2013 Champions, after accumulating the highest points tally across the 3 days.
Shortly after the victory ceremony Gillian Ensor, a team staff member from The British School Al Khubairat, spoke on behalf of the school on what it meant to win the COBIS Games 2013 title;
“The British School of Al Khubairat is absolutely delighted to have won the second COBIS Games. Our children have talked, eaten, slept and trained COBIS for months and this is a fantastic culmination for all their efforts. All of the team members are so proud of one another, and we as teachers could not have asked for a better team. Not only have the children excelled in sport, but it’s also been a great cultural and social experience for them as well. We would like to like to thank the British School in The Netherlands for hosting the event and organising it so wonderfully”.
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The British School in The Netherlands is an independent British international school with three Junior School campuses in The Hague and a Senior School in Voorschoten. With around 2,000 students, the BSN is the largest provider of International education in the Netherlands for children aged 3 to 18.
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