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ESB Brussels Octopus is the swimming team of all five European Schools of Brussels (Uccle,  Berkendael, Woluwé, Ixelles, and Laeken).

Established in 1984, it is open to all the pupils of the European Schools and gives them an excellent opportunity to compete together independently of which school they attend, and this in both individual races and as a team. The ESB promotes good sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy competition.

ESB participates to the “European Forces Swimming League” (EFSL), together with other teams spread over most of Western Europe at the NATO and American bases – as well as another international school in Berlin. This allows us to travel, as we for example did in February 2018, participating in the EFSL Championship at the Olympic Pool in London, or to other places such as Berlin, Lisbon, Wiesbaden or Eindhoven.


Currently there are 18 swimming teams affiliated to the EFSL, representing more than 1,000 swimmers throughout Europe. These teams are located in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Most competitions are nevertheless held in the Benelux area: Brussels (CERIA and NATO), Mons (SHAPE) or Geilenkirchen (the Netherlands).

We believe that meeting with other teams at a competition is an extremely valuable cultural and social exchange, consistent with the values of the European Schools.

The ESB only takes care of the competitions. Swimmers have to train with Césame (the périscolaire of Uccle, open to all ESB swimmers) or with a local club. You can find information about Césame in the "Information" tab.

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