ICS believes that athletics is 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. 

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 establish one of the most varied and disciplined sports programs in Africa, ISSEA and ISSAAA leagues with participants who value identify with and practice the Athlete Code of Conduct, below.

"ICS does an excellent job of organizing and taking part in community and sport events like ISSEA and ISSAAA." - Travis, G11 Student"

ICS students in all age groups (U12, U14, U16, U19) have the opportunity to compete in the eight school local league (ISSAAA) in Addis Ababa. Local schools compete in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track & Field and Cross-Country.

ICS Team sports are eligible to grade 4 through grade 12 students with 3 seasons of sports during the school year.  More information about the type and schedule of sports that are available will be distributed prior to each season. ICS works within the international and domestic league seasons which facilitates 8-12 weeks of practice and competition each season. ICS does not offer year round, one sport clubs at any age level.

athletics sign up


Weekly notes: 23 May


Thank you to everyone for attending the last sports night of the year. It was a celebratory occasion full of medals, thank-you’s and reflection on a great season and a terrific year.

Some notable awards were presented and congratulations to the following on the excellence, role modelling and dedication to ICS teams.

  • Scholar Athlete of the Year-Tahlor Jarrett
  • MS Male Athlete of the Year-Louis Shumlansky
  • MS Female Athlete of the Year-Gabriella Cooper
  • HS Male Athlete of the Year-Andrew Cooper
  • HS Female Athlete of the Year-Tahlor Jarrett

Since last week, our U16 Soccer Boys finished as runner up after an intense penalty shoot-out, while our U16 Girls Soccer finished the HS season with a terrific 3-0 victory to take the 3rd place banner. In Volleyball too, the season was concluded with a 2nd place banner for both U14 Grade 8 teams. Thank you for your support at those games and throughout the season. It is always great to see parents at games supporting their child and the team.

HS and MS sports are done but we still have U12 Basketball to enjoy here:


  • U12 Boys @ Bingham
  • U12 Girls vs Bingham in the sports pavilion


  • U12 Girls Festival @ Bingham-Depart promptly at 08.00am return around 12.15pm
  • U12 Boys Festival here at ICS starting at 8.30am

Please return all uniforms, bags, knee pads to the ASA office and if you have a lucky winner’s card from sports night please see the ASA office with that card to receive your prize.


We have one more week to go in the ASA program, though remember next week- Tuesday is a national holiday and no school. Hopefully the big rains can hold off to enable the outside ASAs to continue one more time!


Leagues that ICS participates in



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



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. 

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

Click HERE to check out the league website for games and standings.

Athletic Code of Conduct

ICS Athletic Code of Conduct summary:

  • I acknowledge that maintaining academic standards is my first priority over athletic programs
  • 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 officials
  • I always compose myself
  • It is fun to be around my team, my coach and me

Athletics and Activities Form, click HERE