|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
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.
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!