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ICS believes that athletics are a positive and powerful motivator for students to perform better in all facets of school life. Athletics is one way for our students to grow and mature as healthy, well-rounded and socially well-adjusted citizens. By encouraging commitment, determination and teamwork we feel that our students will benefit greatly as they will apply these skills in other areas of their life. We truly hope that the students will take advantage of the athletic opportunities offered to them in order to make their school career a richer experience. We have great sports facilities for safe and spirited play. Check out our photo gallery, click HERE.

Our Athletic program is open to students from grade 4 through grade 12.The objective of the Athletic program at ICS is to provide our students an opportunity to be involved in athletic activities in order develop a positive character-building experience outside of regular school hours. ICS's goal is to become the most "well-respected," most sportsmanlike and disciplined sports program in Africa, ISSEA and ISSAAA.

ICS plans to accomplish this goal by being true to our Athletic Code of Conduct:

  • I cooperate with my coach, my teammates & my opponents
  • I applaud all good plays ( of my own team & that of my opponent)
  • I work hard for my team and give 100%
  • I treat all players as I would like to be treated
  • I never argue with an official
  • I always compose myself
  • It's fun to be around my team, my coach and me

Our program is intended to be all-inclusive with the goal of getting students involved. Students will have an opportunity to participate in both competitive and/or non-competitive sport teams. (U12 teams inclusive / U14-U19 teams competitive).

ICS students have the opportunity to compete in an eight team local league (ISSAAA) in Addis Ababa. Local teams compete in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track & Field and Cross-Country.


    Our Varsity teams have the opportunity to travel for volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, track and field, golf and rugby to international tournaments within the ISSEA league.  Teams are divided into the following age classifications:


    • ICS students can participate in a variety of sports. Teams will participate in the local ISSAAA league.
    • Students must be 11 years of age before September 1st of that year and be enrolled in G4, G5 or G6.


    • ICS students can participate in a variety of sports. Teams will participate in the local ISSAAA league.
    • Students must be 13 years of age or under before September 1st of that year.


    • Students must be 15 years of age or under before September 1st of that year. Teams will participate in the local ISSAAA league.


    • Students must be 18 years of age or under before September 1st of that year.
    • Varsity Athletes will have an opportunity to represent ICS at International ISSEA events as well as participating in the local ISSAAA league.

    ICS Competitive Athletics is a great way to get involved and show your school spirit.  Competitive athletics are open to grade 4 through grade 12.

    There are 3 seasons of competitive athletics.  More information about the type of sports that are available will be distributed prior to each season.


    • Click here to go to the registration page.
    • Tick the boxes of the teams you would like to join.
    • Upload a copy of your passport.
    • Complete the Agreement Form and turn it into the ASA Office.
    • Username: first name, followed by a hyphen, followed by the last name first initial (mick-c)
    • Password: your password is on the student’s ID card (this is the same username and password that your child uses to log onto their computer at school)

    On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the regular school day ends at 3:20 PM and activities begin at 3:30 PM. Activities run until 4:30 PM while athletic practices end at 5:15 PM. Students not involved in an activity or studying in the library should be off campus.

    On Wednesdays, students not involved in Mother Tongue program or CAS activities should leave the campus by 2:15 PM. Please help us maintain a safe campus by ensuring your child(ren) are picked up on time.


    Grade 9 to 12 students are permitted to use the fitness room during certain supervised hours. Agreeing to the below rules and disclaimer indicates that you have read and understood the contract. Once you submit this form, your name will appear in the list posted by the Fitness Room doors granting your access to the facility.

    Fitness Room Contract 2016/17

    Should you break any of the rules, we reserve the right to remove your Fitness Room privledge.


    Mick Cooper

    ICS Activities and Athletics Director

    ISSEA League


    The ISSEA shall seek to create, promote and foster cooperation among its member schools by providing a forum for communication and discussion, by promoting activities and by seeking to serve as an extension of each member school’s programs to enhance the development of the students, the schools and the organization through: Academic and intellectual pursuits, Sports competitions, Fine and performing arts activities and Cultural and intercultural opportunities.

    The league includes the following schools:

    • International Community School (ICS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • International School of Kenya (ISK), Nairobi, Kenya
    • American International School of Johannesburg, (AISJ), South Africa
    • International School of Tanganyika (IST), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • International School of Uganda (ISU), Kampala, Uganda
    • American International School of Lusaka (AISL),  Zambia
    • Harare International School (HIS),  Zimbabwe
    • American International School of Mozambique (AISM), Maputo, Mozambique




    ISSAAA League


    The International School’s Sports Association of Addis Ababa is a local athletic and extra-curricular association.  ICS is a full member of this 8 school association and is eligible to participate in volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country and track & field events.  ICS student athletes from grade 4 are able to participate in three sports seasons each year.  There are scheduled league and play-off games with the member schools. 

    For the latest scores, schedules and standings in the league, click HERE:

    ISSAAA League members include:

    • ICS - Addis Ababa
    • Bingham Academy
    • Sandford English School
    • St. Joseph's Boys School
    • Italian Community School
    • Greek Community School
    • Andinet International School
    • German Embassy School

    For the latest schedules, results and standings, visit the league website HERE.