The British School of Milan (BSM) offers a wealth of sporting opportunities to those students who wish to be active outside of their lessons. By utilising many local and specialist sporting facilities, co-curricular sport is offered across all key stages during lunchtimes, after-school and at weekends. With this in mind, students at BSM are sure to find something that fulfils their sporting appetite!

The Philosophy

The BSM philosophy for Co-Curricular Sport is summarised by: ‘Opportunity, Development, Enjoyment’

Throughout the programme and across all age groups, we want pupils to take advantage of the varied opportunities available to them, develop as sports performers where they achieve the level they aspire to be at, and enjoy being physically active so that it becomes a positive, lifelong habit.

Our Coaching DNA

Whilst we strongly promote and encourage individuality within our coaching team, the following points allow for consistency in the way our sessions are delivered by our coaches across all activities at the BSM:  
  • We keep instructions/guidance short, clear and simple.
  • We focus on developing key attributes at the younger age levels, while refining and mastering skills and understanding at the older level.
  • We coach through the game/the performance routine as much as possible.
  • We allow pupils to solve problems and react to situations by finding their own solutions.
  • We encourage pupil leadership.
  • We promote our ‘play’ ethos in competitive contexts - ‘Play Tough, Play Smart, Play Together’.
  • We promote positive values – e.g. sportsmanshipintegrityrespectefforthumilityteamwork.

Northern International Schools Sports Association (NISSA)

The 'Northern International Schools Sports Association' (NISSA) is a school sports organisation providing students with opportunities to compete in local sports competition against other international schools from Northern Italy and the Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The BSM is a founding member of NISSA alongside the American School of Milan. The organisation now has numerous member schools that compete on a regular basis throughout the year across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.



The BSM Physical Education Department is keen for pupils to develop their independence, organisation and communication skills. As such leadership opportunities are incorporated into both curricular lessons and co-curricular sport sessions.  In the Primary School pupils have the opportunity to undertake the PlayMaker Award, whilst in the Senior School students can undertake the Young Leader Award.

After-School Sport

A major part of co-curricular sport at the BSM is the after-school sports clubs that are offered to all pupils. Each year, a wide range of clubs is available to pupils on a recreational basis with many of them leading to competitive opportunities through our access to local festivals, competitions and sport exchanges.

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