An European affair exchange
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:30
For the past 3 years Birmingham has been involved in a trinational sport exchange with Lyon and Frankfurt.
Sport Birmingham works in partnership with Office des Sports Lyon and Sportjugend Frankfurt. For a week in the summer we coordinate delivery of sports competitions and activities for young people to get involved in. Sports clubs from the 3 cities aim to provide them with their first international sporting experience, an opportunity to discover foreign cultures and to make unique experiences.
This year, for the first time ever, the exchange will be hosted in Birmingham!
From Friday 11th January – Sunday 13th January 2019, Sport Birmingham welcomed 60 club members from Lyon and Frankfurt to Birmingham as part of our preparation meeting. Not only does this provide an opportunity for all our clubs to meet face to face and plan their programmes but for us to showcase what Birmingham has to offer.
In the summer we will welcome up to 300 young people into the city to take part in: Football, Dance, Table Tennis, Basketball, Judo, Shooting, Badminton and Gymnastics.
Naturally we cannot do any of this work on our own so to support us in delivering the programme we're working with Birmingham Clubs:
- Continental Star FC
- Bidgley Power Foundation
- Erdington Judo Club
- Birmingham Hippodrome
- Revolution Gymnastics Club
- Sutton Coldfield Rifle and Pistol Club
- Continental Stars Table Tennis Club
- City of Birmingham Basketball Club
Birmingham – a city on the rise! With the Commonwealth Games coming to the city in 2022, we are excited at the opportunity to host this exchange and demonstrate the wider benefits that sport can offer to young people.
After speaking with our French and German counterparts they spoke highly of their experience in Birmingham. We'd like to say thank you to everyone that made the weekend a success. This is definitely a great start to what we hope will be a fantastic exchange in the summer.
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