Athletics & Clubs
CCI's home of Lanciano, situated between the highest peaks of the Apennine Mountains and the sunny beaches of the Adriatic Sea, makes for a diverse and exciting Athletics program. The School makes good use of the natural resources of its surroundings through regular after-school activities and day excursions to the surrounding parks, mountains and beaches.
CCI's Athletics and Clubs program is based on a House system where the student body is divided into four groups, named after the four quarters of Lanciano:
- Lanciano Vecchia
Weekly participation in either sports clubs or non-sports related clubs are mandatory as students accumulate House points for their respective team
After school activities vary from year to year since they are based purely on the needs and interests of the students. Students are also encouraged to start their own clubs as a form of leadership initiative.
In the past, and in addition to regular school sports, after school clubs have centered around the following interests:
- Italian conversational skills
- film club
- flamenco dancing
- horse-back riding
The region of Abruzzo is known for its great outdoors and holds more National Parks than any other region in the country. Within the first few weeks after arrival at CCI, students experience their first mountain hike to Bocca della Valle, which is home to the region's tallest waterfall.
In the winter months, students have the luxury of being only forty minutes away from excellent Alpine ski resorts. Roccaraso (2140m above sea level) and Passo Lanciano (1890m above sea level) are both a short bus ride away and attract visitors from all over Europe. Students are encouraged to bring their skiis and snowboards back with them after the Winter Break in January as the ski season continues well into the Spring.
In recent years, CCI's scuba program has been very popular with students as International certification is attained over the course of a year via regular Sunday dives in the local pool and nearby beaches. The final scuba examination takes place during the last school trip of the year at Ischia, a picturesque island in the bay of Naples, where students are tested by their instructor.
Given that CCI is located in the heart of the historical quarters of Lanciano, the limitations of space in the Medieval quarters simply do not allow for many open spaces. However, having many liaisons will local schools that are outside the oldest quarters of the town, CCI utilizes the gym facilities of local schools for basketball and volleyball courts as well as soccer and rugby fields. Ball hockey is also a favorite sport amongst our Canadian community.
There is also a fully functioning gym in town which includes a sauna, weight room and offers a variety of exercise classes that are available to students at a discounted rate.