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The N.E.C.I.S. Sports Council exists in order to provide opportunities for international schools located in North Western Europe to meet in specified tournament activities on a competitive basis. Each school should work toward a common aim to achieve an efficient and well-balanced program that promotes healthy competition, sportsmanship, and full participation.



To organize competitive tournaments in various team and individual sports



All those involved in a sport event are expected to uphold the same spirit of respect and co-operation.



Members work towards a common aim to achieve an efficient and well-balanced programme.


Under 14, Under 12 and Under 10 levels

To organize competitive tournaments in various team and individual sports (as stipulated in the By-Laws) in which participation by all members of the team is important within the limitations imposed by the various sports’ governing bodies. Every student MUST play for at least a quarter/set, from beginning to end, of the game in total during EVERY game at a tournament.

Varsity and Junior Varsity levels

To organize competitive tournaments in various team and individual sports (as stipulated in the By-Laws); while believing that participation by all members of the team is desirable, we recognize that this is not always possible in every game. However, every student MUST be allowed to play during the tournament and preferably all members of the team should be allowed to play in every game.


To promote sportsmanship among fellow team members, members of the opposing team, officials, coaches and spectators.


  1. To foster a sense of enjoyment and achievement throughout a tournament.

  2. While recognizing that all participants should play to the best of their abilities, students should be encouraged to accept defeat gracefully and to celebrate success in a sporting manner.

  3. To provide opportunities for positive emotional development in competitive and social situations.

  4. To improve physical fitness.

  5. To allow students to accept responsibility.

  6. To allow certain students to display leadership skills.

  7. To teach our students the principle of co-operation among individuals while striving for a common goal.

  8. To develop a positive working atmosphere between a coach and his/her team.

  9. To demonstrate adequate preparation for the sport in which the students are involved.

  10. To teach the necessary skills and impart a knowledge of the rules and tactics necessary to participate in each sport.

  11. To develop an interest in, and a desire to continue, sports activities in later years.

  12. To provide opportunities for and to encourage social interaction with students from other international schools.

In order to achieve these objectives, the N.E.C.I.S. Sports Council requires that, for team sports, every Tournament Director:

  1. Selects adequate facilities.

  2. Uses qualified, up-to-date officials.

  3. Organizes the tournament to provide maximum playing time for all teams regardless of their strengths.

For tournaments involving individual sports, each Tournament Director is required to adequately prepare the officials.

Aims and Objectives


The purpose of the Northwest European Council of International Schools is to provide a venue for athletes from the member schools to compete in an environment that is safe, challenging, professional and educational. Each athlete is given the opportunity to demonstrate her/his best athletic ability while maintaining a spirit of respect and co-operation with fellow athletes from various international backgrounds.

Each event involves students and adults in their different roles: these include the athletes, coaches, sports officials and spectators. All those involved in the event are expected to uphold the same spirit of respect and co-operation. This spirit is demonstrated by fair play among athletes, positive encouragement from coaches, impartial judgments from officials and respectful enthusiasm from spectators. The positive behavior of the adults is crucial to the successful educational aspect of the tournament.

The adults act as models for our athletes. Therefore profanity, deliberately making noises that distract and interfere with the performance of a competing athlete, the condemnation of coaches or officials, or any behavior that is disrespectful or degrading to the NECIS standard of sportsmanship, jeopardizes the purposes of the NECIS organization and, most of all, jeopardizes the quality of the experience for the athletes.

As the event ensues, we ask that all of our parents, coaches, officials and athletes keep this vision of our purpose in mind.



All schools, which pay annual dues to N.E.C.I.S., become members and are eligible for competition. Membership will entitle the school to voting privileges on all matters pertaining to the organization of the N.E.C.I.S. Sports Council, and to the admission of new schools to sport membership. The chief school officer, or his designee, and the Athletic Director shall represent the school with one vote per school.

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