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Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council

Next Festival hopefully June in Germany

Another twinning weekend in Germany

The next annual event will be hopefully be held in and around Euskirchen in June 2020 with Basingstoke teams travelling expected to include Basingstoke Academy of Dance / Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club/ Summit & AWE Judo Clubs / Sherborne St John Boys FC / St Mary's Junior School / Totally Tennis and a few other groups and sports still to be confirmed.

As well as official Festival events, all groups will have a very busy social weekend including trips, Phantasialand Themepark, BBQ's plus Discos with everyone attending the final night event where the overall trophy will be presented to the Mayor of the winning town.The visit co-incides with the European Football Championship Finals so the atmosphere in Euskirchen should once again be entertaining.

Four continental coaches will leave Basingstoke at 8pm on Wednesday evening June 17th for a 11.30pm ferry crossing from Dover to Calais and then travel through the night via France and Belgium to arrive in Euskirchen, Germany at about 08.15am for a light breakfast. Participants then have the day in the Phantasialand themepark before meeting host families for a few days of sport, culture, sightseeing, education, fun and friendships.

Friday evening will see local clubs arranging activities for their visitors whilst Saturday evening is the last night event where all groups attend for results, trophy presentation and some musical celebrations. Coaches leave for home on Sunday morning June 21st stopping somewhere in Belgium for lunch and planning to arrive back in Basingstoke that evening about 9.30pm.

Alongside the current issues associated with the Coronavirus, we are still planning to go ahead and are collecting deposits and making arrangements to travel. A final decision will be made Mid May and everyone advised with a guaranteed full refund if required. Agreement regarding rearrangement with our German partners will be discussed once a decision has been made either way. 

Specific queries can be addressed to Kevin Laing at basvsc@outlook.com