Important Announcement

Unfortunately, due to the continued spread of the Coronavirus and concerns about international travel – including to/from some destinations in Europe – COBIS and The British School of Brussels have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 COBIS Games. We regret that this event will not take place in March 2020 in Brussels as planned. We appreciate that this will be a disappointment for many of the students and teachers who have been training hard in the lead-up to this event, but the welfare of the students and our wider school communities is of the utmost importance. With further schools now unable to attend, The British School of Brussels and COBIS feel that postponing the event is the safest option for all involved.

We are hopeful that we will be able to identify a new date for this event in the following academic year, and will be in touch with all registered schools with more details about options for transferring registration to 20/21 if desired. We are also reviewing a fair and consistent reimbursement policy (which takes into account costs already incurred by the host school) for those schools that prefer to cancel their registration entirely. More details will be shared with schools over the coming weeks.

We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause your school, but hope that you will appreciate that this decision has been made in order to safeguard the wellbeing of the children, young people, staff and parents in our school communities.

COBIS would like to take this opportunity to express thanks to all of the schools and teachers that have been preparing students for this event, and also to The British School of Brussels who have done a tremendous job preparing for the COBIS Games. We are looking forward to a successful event in 2021.


COBIS Secondary Games

The COBIS Primary and Secondary Games are held in alternate years. 2020 will see the COBIS Secondary Games 2020 hosted by The British School of Brussels, Belgium between 26-30 March 2020.  The COBIS Secondary Games is an exciting opportunity for students from across the world to compete in a variety of sporting disciplines, whilst also allowing them to make new friends and widen their cultural experiences. The COBIS Games are open to all COBIS Member Schools.


Over three days, 16 students from each school (eight girls and eight boys) will take part in swimming, athletics and football in a bid to accrue the most points and take home the Championship trophy. 

Student eligibility
Schools may bring students who are in Years 7 and 8 who were born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2008. Students outside of this age-group will not be allowed to participate. Each student will take part in all three of the sports - football, athletics and swimming.

Registration for the COBIS Games has now closed. To join the waiting list, please complete this form.

The maximum fee for entering the Games will be £4,540 per team (16 students and three staff members). The final Games balance may be subject to reduction based on cost savings the host school is able to secure.

The team fee includes:

  • In-country transport (between the airport, accommodation, school and sports venues) 
  • Catering - lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; dinner on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening entertainment and dinner on 28 March and Gala Dinner on 29 March
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Tour of Leuven on 27 March 2020
  • Trophies/medals
  • Hire of sport and event facilities
  • Sports management and officials
  • Official programmes/marketing materials
  • Essential costs required to support the COBIS Games and associated activities

This cost excludes accommodation, travel to the host country and additional staff members.

Accommodation options are available to download here. Participating schools should not book accommodation until the delivery of the Games has been formally confirmed.

Once the Games have been formally confirmed, the host school will ask teams to complete an accommodation booking form. The British School of Brussels will reserve rooms on behalf of visiting schools, each school will then be asked to liaise directly with the hotel regarding payment.

Games Handbook
Download the COBIS Games Handbook for full information about the Games.

Terms and Conditions
Full terms and conditions can be found at

Event sponsor
We would like to thank COBIS Supporting Member, Anderson Education, for sponsoring the COBIS Secondary Games 2020. 

"Anderson Education, the UK boarding school specialists, offer free impartial advice and guidance on UK boarding schools, summer and language programmes.

We have visited over 350 boarding schools and are able to recommend schools to meet the individual needs of each child and help the family through the process. 

A British boarding education is a popular option to ensure stability of education, a stepping stone to university or support for children with special educational needs."

Previous events

If you are interested in hosting or attending this event in 2020/21, please email