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Europe growing together: International basketball tournament at BIS

Europe growing together : International basketball tournament at BIS

About 120 female pupils from eleven European international schools came together in Bonn since Wednesday to play Basketball in the two sports halls of Bonn International School (BIS). „I am happy about the really great atmosphere we have got here“, school principal Patricia Baier is delighted.

About 120 female pupils from eleven European international schools came together in Bonn since Wednesday to play Basketball in the two sports halls of Bonn International School (BIS). „I am glad about the really great atmosphere we have got here“, is school principal Patricia Baier delighted.

„The girls are staying in host families in Bad Godesberg and Bonn and have done a some sightseeing already“, reports the principal. Sports events this size are rather the exception at BIS, according to the organisers. Already in November athletes had met here, and again in May the boys will go to Frankfurt for a soccer tournament. „Sports, music and arts are as important as other subjects for us“, says Jo Junglas, who was part of the organising team.

Reason for the basketball event, which the school streamed live on YouTube, is the 50-year anniversary of the International Schools Sport Tournament (ISST), an umbrella association of international schools.

„The tournament offers young athletes from all over Europe the chance to come together in the spirit of friendship and health“, according to Deborah Harrison and Matthew De Vries, who were in charge of the sport side of the tournament. „It is great fun to compete with teams of varying strengths“, says the pupil.

Junglas makes clear, that the Bonn team does not need to stay in the shadows: „We can compete well here. The BIS with approximately 700 pupils is a rather small school in comparison to other International schools with about 2,000 students.“ In September the organising team with travel to Athens, where the 50th anniversary of ISST will be celebrated.

The Basketball tournament is ending on Saturday with the presentation of the trophies.

(Translation: Mareike Graepel)