Physical Education (Sports)

Sports is one of the five pillars* of education at Dulwich College Beijing. Engagement in physical education not only aids in students' physical development; it also helps to enhance social, emotional as well as time and stress management skills. Competitive sports celebrate the successes of hard teamwork and resilience and at the same time, teach young people how to deal with defeat and lose with grace.

With our strong physical education programme, we want to instil in all our students, from Early Years to Junior School to Senior School, a love for regular physical activities so that they will take the habit with them to university and beyond.


Junior International School Competitive Sports

Throughout the year, Junior School students have the chance to compete with their peers from other international schools, in sports such as football, netball, rugby, tennis, table tennis, athletics, swimming, and skiing.


Senior International School Competitive Sports

DCB competes in two international school leagues – ISAC and ACAMIS – as well as in fixtures and tournaments against local teams in various physical education activities. Senior School students can train in football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, rugby, netball, table tennis, cross country running, and swimming. The level of competition is generally categorized as Key Stage 3 sports (middle school) or Key Stage 4/5 sports (high school).

Students playing tennis, swimming, and soccer, part of sports offered at Dulwich College Beijing
Students cheering in sports team, rugby tackle, badminton play at Dulwich College Beijing.

DCB Sport Programme Progressive Pathway

4-tiered progressive pathway in Dulwich College Beijing's sports education programme.

Major Sports Tournaments

In addition to exchanges and fixtures, students have the chance to participate in the many tournaments on offer in different sports and age categories, some taking place here in Beijing, some in other cities in China and in Asia.

Examples include:

  • Dulwich Primary Games
  • FOBISIA Primary Games
  • Dulwich College Suzhou Junior School Football Tournament
  • BISP Football Tournament in Phuket
  • WAB Winter Blast basketball tournament
  • ISB Great Wall Shootout basketball tournament
  • ISAC sports tournaments
  • ACAMIS sports tournaments
  • ISAC Cross Country Meet
  • Water Cube Invitational Swim Meet
  • DCB Spring Cup rugby and netball tournament
  • DCB The Lions Cup tennis tournament
  • ISSCC – International Schools Snowsports Championships China
  • Tournaments with local football clubs


Dulwich Olympiad

Every four years, students across the Dulwich network gather to compete in sports as well as collaborate in music, drama and visual arts. DCB hosted the first Dulwich Olympiad in 2015, and in 2019 our founding school in London hosted the event to celebrate 400 years of Dulwich College. A total of over 900 students participated in this week-long event, competing and performing in prestigious venues across London. Click here to find out more about this extraordinary and memorable experience for the students.  

Students at Dulwich Olympiad: Swimming pool from 2019, soccer team in gear, students chasing soccer

* The five pillars are Academics, Sport, Performing Arts, Global Citizenship and Learning Beyond the Classroom.