40 young sports enthusiasts from Birmingham took part in the Europod exchange programme this year. Visiting Frankfurt between 1st and 7th July, they participated in training sessions and friendly competitions, but also had the chance to try out other sports as well as cultural and linguistic activities, and, of course, go sightseeing. For many it was the first visit to Germany, and the opportunity to experience the language, culture and cuisine of another European country was a great experience. Watch the video below to find out more!
The Europod exchange is a tri-national exchange programme between the partner cities of Frankfurt, Lyon and Birmingham made possible by funding received through the Erasmus+ programme and supported by the commitment of volunteers from all sports clubs involved. The city’s involvement is co-ordinated by Sports Birmingham, who have managed to double the number of participants since last year. Participants from Birmingham included Continental Star FC, Bidgley Power Badminton Club, Erdington Judo Club and Continental Stars Table Tennis Club. In total, 350 young people came together to play 11 different sports this year, and everyone took part in an Olympiads competition organised on a communal day. Planning is already underway for next year’s Europod Exchange, which will take place in Lyon between 30th June and 6th July 2018.
More impressions from and information about the exchange can be found in this article.