The PE and Athletic program at B.D. Somani International School is designed keeping the overall benefit of our students in mind. Our PE teams work with students to ensure that pursuit of sports and athletics allows for development of a variety of skill sets that not only make them better at the games/sport they chose to play but also builds their confidence levels, a spirit of healthy competition and a sense of discipline that is so important for success.
In school, there are a variety of activities ranging from a complete physical workout, to individual performance to teamwork. After school coaching for team sports like football and cricket is conducted throughout the year. Our Annual Sports day gives students an opportunity to showcase their expertise in several areas of sports and athletics. Inter-house football and cricket tournaments for students are conducted throughout the year. In addition, the PE team also guides and supports students through prestigious tournaments hosted by MSSA and DSO tournaments for chess, badminton, fencing, tennis, boxing and athletics.
B.D. Somani hosts an Inter-School football tournament – BD Liga. Started in 2017, this annual tournament has very quickly become an important event in the inter school sports calendar in Mumbai. Several teams from renowned schools compete in three categories -U13, U16 and U19 – over a period of nearly 3 months. This tournament is a student led initiative and is an excellent example of how the B.D. Somani PE team nurtures and groom leadership amongst the student community.
In light of the current situation we continue to conduct our PE lessons across all grades through our Online Distance Learning Programs. We mainly focus on fitness and design activities that require minimum or no equipment and limited amounts of space keeping our students actively engaged. These activities are challenge based where the student tries to break his or her own record. Apart from that we also plan lessons for other activities like Tabata, Aerobics, Mindfulness and Yoga. The PE team has adapted themselves to the new and challenging environment of distance learning and they continue to thrive and bring out the very best in all our students.
PE activities in the Middle school focus on upper, lower body and core strengthening exercises, coordination, cooperation, skill building and teamwork related activities. Some of our key achievements include our position as Runners up at DSO (Under-14 Girls) Inter School badminton, runner up at the Cathedral Vidya School, Lonavala and runner up at BD Liga. In athletics one of our students was a finalist in the under-14 Girls category 100m (4th place) and 200m (3rd place) at MSSA Inter School Athletics.
At the IGCSE level, PE activities consist of fitness related activities using different equipment like hurdles, tyres, agility ladders, cones etc to create a tiresome yet strengthening workout. We also conduct activities to further develop and enhance their dribbling, strategic and teamwork skills for sports like basketball and football. Students have the opportunity to register for school coaching for team sports like football, basketball and cricket. Grade 9 and 10 participate both as team and individual players in inter school tournaments such as the BD Liga football tournament The aim of these competitive events is for our students to inculcate collaboration and House spirit. A few achievements from 2019-2020 include being winners at The Cathedral Vidya School Lonavala in Under-18 category, Runners Up position at Mumbai Games 2020, Runners Up at BD Liga and Semi finalist in South Mumbai soccer challenge.
The Athletic program at IB level for grade 11 and 12 students focuses on inter house football, basketball and cricket matches for boys and girls. They also get an opportunity to play against their teachers in a students versus teachers match. The IB Diploma Programme students along with the Student Council host the BD Liga football tournament and our first ever BD Slam Dunk Basketball tournament in which many international schools participate. We also take part in tournaments organized by these schools.
Achievements (2019-2020) include Inter School badminton Quarter finalist at DSO (Under-19 Girls) Inter School Football U-19 Girls Team Semi finalist at The Cathedral Vidya School, Lonavala, Semi Finalist at Singapore International School, Mumbai and Semi Finalist at BD Liga. Our U-19 Boys Team was the winner at Singapore International School tournament and at Oberoi International School (OIS Cup). They were the Runners Up at BD Liga and at the Jamnabai Narsee International School football cup. Our team was also the Semi Finalist at ABWA Football Tournament.