Club Visit from
Tus-HermannsBurg Judo Club, Germany
Between 1st June and 4th June 2006 Wirral Judo Club hosted Tus Hermannsburg judo club, from Germany. It was very good and everyone enjoyed it.

Below you will find a report and lots of photos and a video (may take some time to load fully) from the trip, thanks to everyone who sent them to me.

Wirral Judo Club and TuS Hemannsburg Judo Club
Visit to Wirral Judo Club from Tus Hermannsburg Judo Club, Germany


The guests were picked up at the airport by Chris, Anne, Andy and Michelle, and were brought back to Chris's where they met the host families and had something to eat. After the food everyone went off to Deeside College, where they met lots of people from other clubs for a hard Randori session which most people seemed to enjoy. After the session everyone went home with their host families.

Friday :

Friday was the sightseeing-day! We all met in the morning at Woodside to get the ferry over to Liverpool. At this time it was already quite warm and sunny so we all knew that it was going to be a good day ahead of us. When we got to Liverpool everyone had a look around the Albert Dock. The sweet shop must have been pleased as this was very popular! At 11am the guests and host families went on the duck tour. This was very fun and interesting and everyone learnt some facts about Liverpool.

After the tour we all got the train back to Woodside, as we would have had to wait an hour for the next ferry. Once we got back everyone made their way to West Kirby beach where other members of Wirral judo club met the group. After long wait for the nicest Fish and Chips in on the Wirral (Marigolds) and a short walk out to Little Eye, everyone (well nearly everyone) started to play football. Others sat around sun bathing enjoying an ice cream or two. After a few hours we all went home for something to eat before judo.

During the evenings training session there was a warm up, some physical exercises, technical exercises and last but not least Randori.

Saturday :

The next morning the session was continued for a few hours with technique and Randori before the team competition. Just before the competition started the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral arrived, as well as lots of spectators to cheer on the competitors from Wirral Judo Club. The team competition was closely fought, with Wirral just managing to beat Tus-Hermannsburg with 7 wins to 6. The trophies were then presented by the Mayor and Nico won the referee's 'best technique' award.

After a refreshing swim and a packed lunch, the guests, host families and members of Wirral Judo club made their way to the Crocky Trail, where everyone had lots of fun getting very muddy, resulting in many people needing to go home to shower, (or having to sit around in only their boxer shorts..)  before going to the barbecue in the evening. At the barbecue all the host families and members of Wirral Judo Club joined us for 'Sumo' and games on Bidston hill. It was a late night for everyone.


This was another early start for the guests and the host families as they met at Chester for 9.30am. Here they were greeted by a real(ish) Roman Soldier who took us on an 'interactive' tour of Chester, getting everyone involved by volunteering people for demonstrations. After the tour everyone had a bit of time to do some shopping or grab something for lunch before we all met up again to say goodbye before the guests left for the airport.

We would like to thank everyone who made the visit successful, including all the coaches and the host families.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Click on any of the photos to see bigger versions of them.

Just arrived
On the Ferry to Liverpool
On the Ferry to Liverpool
At the Albert Dock
On the Yellow Duck Marine
On the Yellow Duck Marine
Football on West Kirby Beach
Relaxing on West Kirby Beach
Team Competition
Winners: Wirral Judo Club
Getting Muddy at the Crocky Trail
Going round and round and round in the hamster wheel
After the mud wrestling
Click to see the video!
The vertical slide

Not quite got the right idea of the 'stuck in the mud' game

Parents and Coaches
Who invited Agent Smith!?
The barbecue in the evening
The German guests getting muddy
Sumo wrestling fun
Chris practicing his spying
The tour of Chester