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Carmel School Association (CSA) takes great pride in its sports programmes, both within the school curriculum as well as After School Activities (ASA) and Co-Curricular Activities (CCA). Teams that represent the school in competitions with other schools are known as CSA. Participation in athletics helps students become well-rounded individuals and promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Participation in athletics is also seen as a positive factor for university applications. All activities that run at CSA follow the IB philosophy and the learner profiles to continue to develop individuals enquiry process.

Physical Education/Health Classes

PE classes form an integral part of the IB curriculum for all students from Pre Reception to Grade 10. In Grades 11-12, the PE Department offers PE class to support their Creativity, Activity and Service expectations. The curriculum is extensive and offers exposure to a wide range of sporting activities.

Athletics at CSA

In addition to attending required PE classes, students who are interested in participating in athletics have ample opportunity to become involved in competitive sports teams that represent the school, as well as non-competitive house competitions (across all subjects).

Competitive Sports at CSA

The philosophy at CSA is that students should have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, rather than specializing in just one activity. The school has been developing a comprehensive sports programme that covers specific sports that are manageable according to the size of the student population and interests. In the last academic year, CSA had about 19 teams representing the school in Sports.

Age divisions

There are five age divisions at CSA:

  • U10 – Students aged 9 or under as of 1 September of that
    academic year
  • U12 – Students aged 11 or under as of 1 September of that academic year
  • U14 – Students aged 13 or under as of 1 September of that academic year
  • U16 – Students aged 15 or under as of 1 September of that academic year
  • U20 – Students aged 19 or under as of 1 September of that academic year

Sports league

CSA is a member of the International School Sports Federation of Hong Kong (ISSFHK). There are four seasons in a year and CSA competes in sports that have been agreed to be the core sports that are able to be offered at the school. Training for sports will run year long; however, the competitions will only happen at specific times throughout the year with some opportunities for ‘friendly matches’ which will be arranged by Ms Town and Mr Julian.

The ISSFHK, divided into four divisions, runs the entire school year with different sports offered each season.

Season 1: September to November

  • Football (U14)
  • Swimming (U12-U20)

Season 2: November to February

  • Basketball (U10-U20)
  • Football (U14)
  • Cross Country (U10-U20)

Season 3: February to May

  • Track and Field (U12-U20)
  • Boys’ Football (U20)
  • Fencing (U10-U20)

Season 4: May to June

  • Football (U12)

Competitive team try-outs

Try-outs for the teams are announced at the start of each season, and all interested students may try-out. Participation on competitive teams is restricted to students in Grades 3 and above, but rare exceptions are made for motivated and talented younger students. Team members are selected on a competitive basis. Since the number of positions is limited, some students will not make the team. Most students who want to participate in cross-country running and track and field are part of the team, regardless of skill level. These are good entry-level teams if your child wishes to get involved in school sports but has no experience.


Students selected for a team are expected to attend training sessions and matches. At the U12 to U20 levels, the programme operates at least one afternoons per week, matches are held at least twice per week. Competitions against other schools and clubs are arranged each week throughout the season, and may be scheduled on weekends (Sundays).


CSA is a full member of the ISSFHK and all teams participate in tournaments at the end of each season. All members of the squad are expected to be available to attend the tournament.

Transportation to matches / training sessions

Transportation is provided after regular training sessions. There is no additional charge for existing bus users. However, the Sports Programme often operates outside regular bus hours, and in these cases door-to-door transportation is not available. Instead, the school provides transportation to general locations from which students need to arrange their own way home. U12 team coaches provide details on pick-up and drop-off locations. For U14, U16 and U20 teams, the locations are Admiralty, IFC, JCC or the school.

Useful website for further information

ISSFHK League Information: Game schedules, results and standings can be found at www.issfhk.org