COBIS Secondary Games - 19-21 May 2017

Watch all the action from the COBIS Secondary Games

The COBIS Secondary Games was hosted in Sheffield, 19-21 May 2017.

Twenty-seven schools from seventeen countries came together for three days of sport - swimming, athletics and football - after which British School Al Khubairat claimed the Championship Cup for the second year in a row.

The first day started with a battle in the pool. The fantastic Ponds Forge International Sports Centre was the venue for the swimming competition with the City of Sheffield Swim Squad officials running the exciting gala. After a morning of heats, the finals were electric with Personal Bests being achieved and some speedy swimming! All the results for the swimming can be seen here.

Well done to Dubai College who won the overall Swimming Competition, with British School Al Khubairat in second place, closely followed by Doha College.

The second day dawned bright over the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, although the weather did not hold for long and meant that some students ran in the rain, for the first time ever!

After a full day of track and field events that saw incredible runs, jumps and throws, British School Al Khubairat took the Athletics Cup home, The British School in the Netherlands came in second place with Dubai College a close third.

Full results for the Athletics Competition can be viewed here.

Day three started with a drive to the new FA affiliated site, St George's Park Graves. The students took to the state of the art pitches, ready to compete for those precious Championship Points. A record 236 matches were played over the day, with some fantastic tactics on show and some nerve-wracking penalty shoot-outs.

At the end of the day, in the Girls Competition, King's College, The British School of Alicante were crowned the winners, beating British School Al Khubairat, who came second with King's College, The British School of Murcia in third place.

The Boys Competition had the same line-up for the final as the Girls Competition with King's College, The British School of Alicante taking first place over British School Al Khubairat with King's College, The British School of Madrid (Soto) taking third place.

Full results from the Football Competition can be viewed here.

All of this meant that after three days of intense competition, British School Al Khubairat retained the Champion Cup in 2017. Dubai College came in second place and St Catherine's British School in Athens came in third.

To see the full Championship Table, please click the image below.

Well done to all who competed over the three days and a big thank you to all the staff and parents who supported in the UK and also back in your home communities.

The COBIS Secondary Games was live-streamed this year for the first time. We had more than 1,500 people tune in to watch the Swimming, 4,000 to watch the Athletics and an incredible 6,000 tuned in to watch the Football! To relive the action, you can watch here.

We were honoured to be joined by The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, who opened the Games at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. The Lord Mayor also visited the final day of competition, awarding medals and speaking to the teams.


After an internal competition within the British School Al Khubairat, winners of the 2016 COBIS Secondary Games, the below logo was chosen for the 2017 COBIS Secondary Games. Well done to Daniel Lind, who designed the logo.


COBIS would like to thank all who support the COBIS Games and the competing teams, especially, O'Neills Irish International Sportswear, our Headline Sponsor and all our other sponsors:

We are delighted to announce Gulf Youth Sport as our Media Partner for the 2017 COBIS Games. The GYS team will be uploading videos, photos and features to the their website throughout the Games. Check out the GYS website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to ensure you do not miss any of the action.

COBIS and British School Bahrain would like to thank Alosra Bahrain, Azizia Birds Kingdom Bahrain and GFH for sponsoring their team.