Best CBSE Schools in Mumbai with Excellent Sports Facilities

Many CBSE schools in Mumbai have excellent sports facilities to allow children to pursue outdoor and physical activities along with academics. Find out which schools can offer your child a healthy balance of book-learning and sports.

While a strong emphasis on sports and physical activities along with academics is mandatory requirement for CBSE schools, there are some schools that have superior facilities for cricket, football, basketball, table tennis, badminton, hockey etc. With more number of people making successful careers out of the sports they play, the value of good training at the school level has gained importance. Parents have begun to realize that their sons and daughters must receive proper coaching while they are still young – and this quest of theirs leads to them seeking schools with superior sports facilities and coaching.

This article looks at some of the best CBSE affiliated schools in Mumbai that offer students excellent facilities in which to pursue their love of sports and athletics. It must be noted that these schools are also known for the quality of academic education they provide. Students of the schools listed below have been performing well consistently in board exams and other competitive exams at inter-school, state and national level.

R.N. Podar School

The Podar School is considered to be one of Mumbai's best CBSE schools in academics and co-curricular activities. Facilities for football, cricket, basketball, athletics, throwball, badminton, table tennis and others are available on the school premises. The school also encourages traditional Indian sports like kabaddi, kho-kho and tug-of-war. Special coaches are appointed to train students in these games. Students are free to pick sports of their choice early on in their life.

The school's under-19 football teams have played their way up to the national levels. The school's chess team has also won the first position at the MSSA Chess Championship. State and national level skating and archery have also seen participants from Podar School.

The academic performance of students of classes 10 and 12 has remained unrivalled. The school has produced toppers at the school and state level. R.N Podar School has to its merit a number of commendations and awards. Some of the notable awards are
  • CBSE's recognition of the school as a 'Centre of Excellence'
  • Being awarded the 'Outstanding School' title, in the West Zone, at the 8th edition of Indy's Awards for Excellence
  • Winning the title of the 'Best Schools in the City' title, (presented by the Hindustan Times group) from among other schools in the West Zone

A complete list of awards, recognition and achievements is available on the official website of the Podar School.

Orchids The International School

The Orchid International School offers smart classrooms, high-tech labs, high teacher to student ratio and excellent sporting facilities. For sports, students have access to a skating rink with proper safety equipment as well as a swimming pool. Mumbai is home to five branches of OIS, nearly all of which offer karate classes, football coaching, a large playground, turfs and courts for football, 'edu sports', volleyball, basketball and more.

Students at Orchids International receive academic education in a world class environment that includes digital classrooms fitted with AV technology, devoted and competent educators. The teaching methods practiced at the school involve activity based lessons and contemporary education methodologies.

The school buses at Orchids are fitted with GPS system and CCTV surveillance is provided in the campus, for safety of students.

Yash Vidya Niketan

One of Mumbai's top CBSE schools, Yash Vidya Niketan offers superb specialized sporting facilities through the Ameya Club in Virar. The club is equipped with a swimming pool, health club, grounds for sports like cricket, football, volleyball, kabaddi, skating, tennis, archery etc. It also offers facilities for indoor games like snooker and billiards, carrom, table tennis etc. The club also offers skating rinks and a practice range for archery. Students of this school at Virar have participated at state level competitions and a few have been selected to represent the state at the national level, in lagori sport.

The school has a sound education system with emphasis on preparation for competitive entrance examinations such as IITJEE, Medical, MPSC and UPSC.

Birla School, Kalyan

The Birla School is academically high-performing, with over sixty percent students having scored distinctions (above 75%) in the 2014-2015 class XII exams. The school is ranked 6th in the Mumbai region for its overall performance.

It also offers excellent sports facilities for indoor and outdoor games with coaching before and after school. Training is offered in soccer, basketball, chess, skating, table tennis and badminton. Yoga classes are conducted for all classes.
The school is recognized by the British Council with the International School award 2016-2019. Students at the Birla School are engaged in activities that bolster life skills. Education is not confined to the classroom. Real world experiences are part of the curriculum. For instance fire safety demonstration and talks are organized with the help of the Fire department. Young ones are made to partake in sapling planting activities and made aware of the environment.

Ryan International School

Ryan International School has several branches across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Besides excelling academics, students actively participate and train in sports like football, basketball, indoor games like table tennis and chess. Training in martial arts like judo and a rink for skating practice are also available. The school teams regularly take part in DSO Inter-school athletics meets, Mumbai Schools Sports Association events, MSDAA (district athletics association) and AISM athletic meets.

Ryan International is a chain of schools with campuses in many cities, across the country. The school aims at producing well-grounded students follows who are academically and socially proficient.

Army Public School, Colaba

The prestigious Army Public School has a strong focus on holistic education, and sports is one of the areas where students excel. Students have regularly won accolades in events like the CBSE Cluster Athletics Meet, Mumbai School Sports Association Athletic Meet and more. Most recently, the school hosted the Cycle Dirt Track Race in 2016, where girls and boys of all ages participated with great zeal.

APS Mumbai has the right infrastructure, vital, for providing all-round education. Students of APS participate in co-curricular activities at the school, city, state and national level.

Though APS was established to provide a platform for education to children of Army personnel, the school does enrol civilian children as well. The students of APS Mumbai
Students enrolled in the schools on this list are not only given the infrastructure for good academic development, but also holistic development through sports and other co-curricular activities. Sports help to develop team spirit and leadership qualities, besides helping to relieve stress and create a healthy balance against academic pressures.

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