After School Clubs

The British School of Nanjing (BSN) views after school activities and enrichment as an integral part of the education of our children, and to that end offers a wide range of clubs that aim to introduce the child to potential hobbies, develop particular sports, provide language learning or IT support and inspire an interest in areas that perhaps they would not be exposed to through the normal curriculum.

After school activities are compulsory for every child at the school. Parents are asked to choose two clubs per term, usually representing a balance between active/sport and more intellectually inspiring programmes. Every student is required to stick to any given club for at least a term, reinforcing the idea that any commitment to learning must be followed through.

Academies and leagues

The Nanjing Youth Football League is Nanjing’s only competitive football league for international students aged 8 years and over.  In addition the Football Academy offers appropriate level coaching based on FIFA approved standards for children under 8 years old.  A Touch Rugby Academy, run in partnership with Nanjing Rockets Rugby Football Club, is also on offer at BSN. 

For parents

BSN also plays host to the Nanjing International Clubhouse whom offer a variety of activities and clubs for parents and adults.  For more information, please visit the NICC website.

How do children benefit from enrichment activities?

Physical Development (PE)
When children participate in sports and outdoor activities, they get good exercise and learn life-long habits of keeping mentally and physically fit. Combined with other life skills like learning how to eat right, will ensure that children know the basics of living a healthy lifestyle. 

Creativity
Many different activities can provide an outlet for creativity and problem-solving. Obvious choices are arts and crafts, music, performing arts, but other activities like sports and collecting can teach problem-solving skills. The best activities for your children are those that encourage their natural curiosity and interests. 

Stress Relief
Many activities take place in a relaxing environment or promote healthy methods for dealing with stress. The more we are able to find positive ways to deal with stress, the better we feel. 

Self-Confidence
When children learn new skills and engage in social activities, they become more self-confident. Learning social skills like cooperation, negotiation, and conflict resolutions in a fun and relaxed environment will help them interact appropriately with others - a skill valuable in all aspects of life from home life to the workplace. 

Team Spirit and Camaraderie
Teamwork is increasingly more important in home life as well as at work. Team sports require children to work together to achieve a common goal and remove the focus from the individual to the team. These aren't the only activities that teach teamwork, though, other activities like drama and dance also promote teamwork.

A new selection form is sent home at the beginning of each term that includes activities such as swimming, athletics, ball games, art and crafts and many others.