Five schools from the BISA (Barcelona International Schools Association) group were invited to participate: Kensington School, Benjamin Franklin International School, American School of Barcelona, SEK-Catalunya and the British School of Barcelona.
Each school took part in the tournament with two teams (10 players per team): one Benjamin category (8-10 years old) and one Alevin category (10-12 years old). As the American School of Barcelona was represented by an Alevin team only, the BSB entered 2 Benjamin teams.
It was an intense morning that brought together 100 players and much of the BISA school community of Barcelona in an atmosphere of friendship, fair play and fun. A total of ten matches were played for each age group, each team playing 4 games. There was an awards ceremony at the end where both the winning teams and also the runners-up received trophies from the BSB Headmaster:
- Benjamin category:
- Winners: SEK Catalunya
- Runners up: The British School of Barcelona
- Alevin category:
- Winners: Kensington School
- Runners up: American School of Barcelona
The tournament was jointly organised by Mr Wallace (Secondary PE Teacher) and Mr Roberts (EY & Primary PE Teacher). Other BSB teachers also volunteered to help with the teams and scoring.
Mr Wallace said “The BISA sports organisation is a new initiative to bring together in competition and cooperation all of the independent international schools from the Barcelona area. This is the first large scale tournament of its kind and we are hoping to develop the programme into a full range of sports activities and possibly other ways we can cooperate in unison.” He added “The purpose is to forge relations with the BISA schools and allow participation opportunities for all students“.
When praised for this successful edition, Mr Wallace was eager to comment: “This was our first ever BISA tournament held at the BSB and we’d like to hold more in the future, possibly an annual tournament”.
The Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA) is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its member schools through several venues. It promotes the sharing of resources, professional development, and communication and interchange; the organization also attempts to create international understanding in Barcelona and beyond. BISA serves as a liaison between its member schools, local governments, and pertinent local and international education organizations.