Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:30
A group of young people from across Birmingham took part in a sports and cultural exchange programme with counterparts in Lyon and Frankfurt. 19 young people from Continental Star FC and Bidgley Power Badminton Club spent a week in Lyon, France between 2-8 July 2016.
The week consisted of playing sports competitions against clubs from Lyon and Frankfurt along with joining in with communal activities to learn new cultures and connect with young people from two of Birmingham's twinned cities. The activities included visits to museums, water parks, sightseeing in Lyon, a Town Hall Reception, along with trying out different sports in an Olympics-style activity day.
This was the 8th year of the Europod exchange, but the first year in which young people from Birmingham had been involved. The exchange has grown significantly over the last 8 years, this year being the largest, involving 400 young people from over 30 sports clubs. The Europod exchange is held annually with next year's event taking place in Frankfurt during July 2017.
James Grinsted, Club and Communities Manager at Sport Birmingham accompanied the young people: "It was a great opportunity for young people from sports clubs in Birmingham to experience a different culture and play sports against their peers from France and Germany.
"I am sure it will be an experience that they will remember fondly and gave them an insight into how sports and other activities are developed differently across Europe."
Yunus, a badminton participant said: "It was an amazing trip where we made friends from all three countries and had a great time learning, speaking and playing with people of different nationalities."
The week was a great experience and it is hoped that the successes of this year's event will create further opportunities for young people from the city to participate in the coming years.
Birmingham's involvement in the Europod exchange next year in Frankfurt is planned to include participants from 5 sports clubs across the city.