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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Ten teenaged pupils travelled to Das Gymnasium am Rothenbuhl, and received handball coaching from some of the best names in the business - including 2007 World Champion Christian Schwarzer!
Following the visit the school is now trying to set up a handball club, with dozens of children eager to carry on playing the sport.
Teacher Christine Abrams said: “In September, 16 pupils from Germany visited us at Boston Grammar, and experienced cricket, rugby and netball - and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
“The return visit took place in October, to Das Gymnasium am Rothenbühl which is an Elite School for sport and currently winner of the schools handball trophy.
“The Boston pupils stayed with host families and during the day encountered handball, wrestling and indoor climbing. But the most popular sport by far was handball!
“Taught at the Olympic Centre in Saarbrücken, the facilities were a dream. Pupils were initially coached by Oskar Dawo, a qualified coach and sports psychologist from GaR.
“But the highlight of the stay was a morning’s training session with Christian Schwarzer, 2007 Handball World Champion. He gave the pupils a more advanced insight into the game, provided tips and tricks and then refereed a match between the German and British pupils.
“Despite fighting hard and proving that British pupils are quick at learning new sports, the game was won by the more experienced team from GaR.”
Having returned home with the handball bug, the school is now hoping to maintain the enthusiasm for handball by sending PE staff on coaching courses and then integrating it into the curriculum.
The schools will exchange once again next year, and are looking forward to some more expert handball coaching!