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Our annual Sports Programmes for the different institutes at our campus is based on 3 basic principles:

1. Physical Education in relation to “Age” and “Development” of the human body.

In most countries around the world, governing institutions of education have elaborated clear and well-balanced sports programmes to be thought to different age groups in the school system. If we take a close look at these programmes in the different countries in Northern Europe we will find a great similarity in terms of approach, concept and content.

The sports programmes at ENSR are based on the same philosophy, enriched by the “multi-nationality” of the teaching-staff of the Sports Department. Each of the 6 members (full/part-time and project engagements) have their specialities and skills in the different sports disciplines and are personally involved in the elaboration and constant up-dating of the programmes offered to our students.

2. Integration of inter-private school sports tournaments according to an annual calendar of sport-specific competitions based on 5 different age categories.

For many years, ENSR has been member of the organisation of private schools in the French-speaking cantons of Switzerland (AVDEP). One of the tasks of this organization is the creation of a yearly calendar of inter-school sports competitions where students of all the member schools have the opportunity to “meet and compete”.

Altogether, the calendar consist of 15 different disciplines which are divided up into 5 different age categories covering all students from 7 to 18 years old.

ENSR is extremely proud of the fact that we manage to participate with usually more than one team (football, volley-ball, basket-ball, dodge-ball, uni-hockey, etc.) and with groups of individuals (in competitions like swimming, badminton, cross-country, track and field, horse-back riding, skiing, etc.) in almost every discipline in the annual programme.

We strongly believe that it is important for students to get used to competitive situation and feel at easy during these since they will have to face competitive situations at many moments in their life. Sports competitions can help them to get prepared for those situations.

This means that we use sports competitions to learn about the phenomenon “competition”. By organizing special practice programmes during the months before the different competitions, we try to prepare our teams and individual athletes in an efficient way in order to have the most positive experience during the competitions (in both “making the effort” and “increasing personal performance”).

3. Presentation of new/special sports organized in extra curriculum activites

Sport is a lifetime activity and therefore of key-importance in the life of our students. It is common sense that being involved in sports activities on a regular basis has a positive impact on the quality of life.

At ENSR Sports Department, we are convinced of the fact that it is our duty to ensure a positive experience in sports in general and to present the biggest possible “bouquet” of different sports to our student in order to help them discover and find “their favourites”.

The majority of disciplines are integrated in our annual sport programmes during class, but besides that we organize many additional incentives in sports that are slightly “out” of the regular school sports programmes.

On Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and even during school holidays, we organize camps (skiing, windsurfing, etc.), courses and incentives (golf, horse-back riding, etc.) for our students to try to give them as many different sports experiences as possible.

We are convinced that by “proposing” and “presenting” as many different disciplines in sports as possible to our students we can help them explore and discover the sports activities that might help them stay fit and healthy during there life.

As many other things, the basis for an active, sports-oriented life-style is built when children and teenagers are at school. We do our very best to provide that basis.

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum