Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in GISST?

This programme is available for all students from Grades 5 to 12. Grades 5 to 8 students are classed as U14 and Grades 9 to 12 are classed as Varsity, with a few exceptions depending on birth date.


What sports can my child take part in?

SEASON ONE (August to December) SEASON TWO (January to May)

 Please see the separate document with the training schedule.


How often will training take place?

Twice a week from 16:00 to 17:00 (for football) and to 17:30 for all other sports.

How long will each block of sport last?

8 weeks.

When does training start?

In the first season, Football, Varsity Badminton and Cross-Country begin in September and Badminton begins in October.

In the second season, Tennis and Basketball begin in January, U14 Volleyball begins in February and Track & Field begins in March.

Who will be coaching my child?

The coaches are teachers who teach in both the Primary and Secondary School who have a passion and experience of the sport they have chosen to coach. We also have a very experienced external coach who coaches badminton (and tennis). We encourage our Grade 11 and Grade 12 students to assist in coaching the U14’s as part of their CAS programme for the International Baccalaureate Programme.

What if my child can only make it to one of the training sessions and not both?

Ideally a student would be able to attend both training sessions each week in order to make the most progress, but we are aware the students have a lot of other commitments, some of which are outside school. If they can only make it to one training session it is their responsibility to speak to their coach and explain the reason. All of the coaches are lovely and appreciate it when a student has the manners to inform them beforehand if they can’t make it to a practice because they have another commitment.

What if my child wants to do more than one sport but there is a clash with training times?

This is a great problem to have because it shows that the student wants to participate and learn and be as active as much as possible! As above, we encourage the child to speak to the coaches and come up with a plan such as doing football on a Tuesday and cross-country on a Thursday, for example. It also gives the coaches a chance to educate the students about time management and to find a good school work/sport balance.

What does my child have to wear for the training sessions?

As long as they get changed into sporting clothes (and they are appropriate to the sport and not too revealing) we really don’t mind what colour they wear. If a student wishes to wear their normal P.E. kit that it also totally fine! We are currently working with the marketing department to develop hoodies and t-shirts for each sport, to purchase online if so wished.

What does my child wear if they are selected to represent the school?

During the 2019-2020 school year we re-placed all of the sports uniforms for our teams. If a student is selected to represent the school at an event, he/she will be provided with the appropriate team-kit by our Athletics Director Mrs. Allen. If any item is damaged or not returned and washed there is a €50 fine per item.

How does my child get selected to represent the school at a GISST tournament?

The worst part about being a coach is having to select a team and not being able to take everyone who has attended training. The coach will use their experience and professional judgement to select who they consider to be the best team. Apart from athletic skill and competence, the coach will also look for commitment to the team, leadership, teamwork and reliability. The coaches also liaise with the Athletics Director and subject teachers because if a student is misbehaving in lessons/school or behind in their school work they will not be allowed to travel with the team, as team selection is an honour and a privilege. If a student is selected for a tournament they have to sign the LIS Athletic Code of Honour.

When and where are the GISST tournaments?

There are 11 schools who take part in this organisation. They are: Berlin British School, Berlin Brandenburg International School, Berlin International School, Bavarian International School, Dresden International School, Franconian International School, International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main, International School Hannover Region, International School of Stuttgart, St. Georges School Duisburg-Düsseldorf and Leipzig International School. Each school is generally expected to host two tournaments every school year. The schedule is finalised the summer before school starts and then shared with students and families. However, due to COVID-19 there will be no GISST events for the remainder of 2020.

The situation will be re-assessed again at the end of 2020 with the hope that we can resume 2021 as normal.

How much does it cost to join a GISST sport?

For the past year we have been working on a new fee structure to make participation in sports fairer for all, and to bring it in-line with other international schools who are part of the same organisation. As students have the opportunity to participate in up to eight different sports over the course of the academic year, and be selected to represent the school at a GISST event we have now introduced the following fees; please see the table:

Selection of Sports Training fee If selected for GISST team
One€50 for first sport Parents will pay the travel costs to any GISST tournament at the end of the season.
The exact fee will be calculated at the time as it depends on the location of the tournament.
Two to eight€25 for every other sport taken *

* The fee will be capped at €150 even if the student wishes to do more than five sports.

Please note that the first two weeks of a sport will act as a trial period whereby parents will not be billed if a student decides not to continue after this time. If the student continues after this period it is deemed that the student has made a commitment and parents will be invoiced, even if the student drops out at a later date.

Parents will be sent an invoice by the LIS accounts department at the end of each season of sports.

How do I register my child for a GISST sport?

We are currently working on a digital platform for registering students and sharing sports results from tournaments etc, but it is still in the development phase. In the meantime, parents need to complete the document entitled ‘After-School Sports Programme’ which will be sent to parents via the Parent Portal.

How can parents get involved?

There are a number of ways that parents can get involved with their child’s sporting activities. The main one is that you make sure that your child is well fed with nutritious food and snacks, as nutrition plays an important role in performance and recovery. Staying hydrated is also very important. As dehydration increases, there is a gradual reduction in physical and mental performance. Clothing: please make sure your child has the adequate clothing and shoes for the sport he/she is taking part in. The student can speak to the coach to ask for advice, if needed.

Do you have a background in sport/coaching? We are always looking for coaches for our teams so if you would like to get involved in coaching a team please get in touch so that we can arrange a chat.

What is the procedure for Grade 5 students?

Grade 5 students will need to sign out of HORT before coming down to the gym to get changed and start their training session at 16:00. Their coach(es) will meet them at the gym. Most training sessions will finish at 17:30 (please see the attached training schedule for times) so the student must either be collected from the school (not the HORT building; parents to make their own arrangements with their child) or have permission to go home alone.

Contact us

Gillian Allen
Athletics Director

T: +49 341 39377 980
F: +49 341 39377 900 500

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