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Inclusive vs Competitive – Striking a Balance in Your Athletic Program | Global Take

With schools flying to season-ending tournaments, banners hanging in the gym, families moving in and out from all over the world, it is often hard to maintain the educational-based athletic philosophy with a desire to also win. Can international schools have both inclusive and competitive programs simultaneously, or do we have to choose.

The panel will discuss getting the community to buy into your program, dealing with families that are not used to an inclusive sports program, and dealing with the challenges of trying to include all students who would like to take part. Is a ‘no cut’ policy really an option with short seasons, fewer competitions, and often limited facilities?

Our guests on this episode of Global Take include Noah Bohnen (MS principal from the Jakarta Intercultural School), Maytham Al Rubaye (Athletics and Activities Director from The International School of Azerbaijan), and Gwinyai Jambga (Athletic & Activities Director from The American School of Asuncion, Paraguay). Hosted by Nick DeForest (Assistant Director of the Events Office, American International School Vienna).

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  • 0:00 Global Take Introduction
  • 2:15 Guest introductions
  • 3:53 Inclusive sports programs vs. traditional competitive sports
  • 13:25 Does having a no-cut policy affect your team’s performance?
  • 22:00 How do you promote multi-sport athletes?
  • 27:17 Selling the inclusion piece to highly competitive coaches
Global Take
Global Take is an initiative by SchoolRubric to help connect, inform, and share stories and strategies specific to international schools. Through live episodes, school spotlights, and more, we strive to share our passion for international education and ultimately help improve student outcomes in these global communities.