Athletics plays a vital role in school life at International College. Indeed, the school’s rich history of success in a variety of team and individual sports has put us on the map locally, regionally and even globally for hosting a hugely successful athletics program. We currently have 94 sports teams competing locally and internationally in sports ranging from Football to Badminton, and from Rugby Union to Track & Field. This is not to forget Basketball or Volleyball of course! How could we, in such a passionate Lebanese society for the two sports? So rest assured, if you are sports mad, or even if you are looking to participate in a sport for the first time, you will find your place comfortably in one of our many athletics teams offerings.
Physical Education is a co-curricular activity at the school, with students assessed on their ability within the class, from nursery right through to Grade 12. Classes are held in one of our spectacular facilities, including several gymnasiums, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts and football fields spread across the school’s two campuses. Equipment is of the highest standard, with the school each year investing in top-of-the-range equipment required. At the Elementary level, students attend regularly-scheduled classes that develop motor coordination and movement skills. Techniques for both team and individual sports are featured in the Middle and Secondary schools. IC’s four programs of International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Lebanese Baccalaureate and College Preparatory Program all offer space for physical education within the curriculum, something which IC values. On top of this, an inter-house competition is held within the school community, with competition held across several sports. Throughout all of these programs and classes, emphasis is always placed on maximum student participation.
As mentioned above, IC students have the opportunity to participate in a wealth of teams at the school, and to indeed represent the school against other schools within Beirut and Lebanon. Representative teams for both boys and girls include: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Rugby Union, Archery, Badminton, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Swimming, Taekwondo and Track & Field. We strongly encourage audience attendance at matches, for it is the IC Spirit and this will no doubt have a positive effect on our competing teams at the same time.
Each spring, IC hosts the Alton Reynolds tournament, specifically for Football and Basketball, where all Lebanese teams are invited to participate. Success is usually seen from IC in both sports and at all ages. Indeed, IC is currently the boys Varsity and Junior Varsity champions in Football and Basketball!
At the end of each year, the crowning gala dinner and presentation for the athletics awards is held in the Irani Auditorium where all coaches and players are invited. Certificates are presented to all competing teams and players. Chosen Male and Female Athletes of the Year each receive special awards as well as the top award for the IC Cougar of the Year. In the true ethos of the school community, the top awards are not simply handed out to the very best sportsman or woman, but more importantly to one who has shown success, leadership and application in both sports and away from sports, providing the ultimate role model for future generations to come.