History of the Games

The COBIS Games were founded in 2012 at the Prague British School in order to create an event that brought together COBIS students from across the globe.

The first COBIS Games were opened by COBIS Honorary President, Sir Roger Fry, for students aged 9-11. Twelve schools took part in the inaugural competition with The British School in The Netherlands winning the overall competition.

Following on from the success of the first COBIS Games, the 2013 Games were hosted at The British School in The Netherlands with more than 200 students from 15 COBIS Member Schools taking part. After three exciting days of basketball, athletics and football, The British School Al Khubairat were crowned the victors, coming first in basketball and athletics and second in football.

2014 marked the beginning of the Secondary Games and the first time the Games were hosted outside of Europe, with The British School Al Khubairat hosting the third Primary Games and the British International School Istanbul hosting the first ever Secondary Games. The Primary Games took place in Abu Dhabi at The British School Al Khubairat with 16 teams taking part. After three days of gruelling competition, St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi in Nigeria was crowned the Primary winner for 2014. The Secondary Games included 12 COBIS Member Schools for three days of athletics, football and swimming with St Catherine’s British School Athens taking home the trophy.

2015 saw the COBIS Games return to Europe to be hosted in Athens. For the first time, the Primary and Secondary Games were hosted together by St Catherine’s British School with the competition taking place at the prestigious Olympic Centre in Athens. More than 500 students attended from 28 schools from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

In 2016 the COBIS Games were hosted in Dubai (Dubai College, Secondary Games) and Kazakhstan (Haileybury Astana, Primary Games) for 36 COBIS Member Schools. St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi lifted the Championship Cup for the third consecutive year at the Primary Games and The British School Al Khubairat were crowned champions of the Secondary Games.

The UK became home to the COBIS Primary and Secondary Games for the first time in 2017, with more than 600 students from 44 teams attending. After some mighty battles in the pool, on the track and on the pitch, a repeat of 2016 took place with St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi winning the Primary Games and The British School Al Khubairat winning the Secondary Games. In 2018 the COBIS Secondary Games returned to the world-class facilities in Sheffield, where 23 teams competed to become the COBIS Games Champions.

2019 marks the first visit to Thailand for the COBIS Primary Games.