The Bristol Hannover Badminton Exchange has just had yet another very successful and busy weekend. On Friday the 6th September 10 players arrived at Bristol airport for a weekend packed with sport and entertainment. We started slowly with a leisurely lunch and drinks at the Jubilee in Flax Bourton before a quick walk round some of the dock area. Time was marching on, so we headed to Ashton Park sports centre to play lots of friendly games of badminton until 9pm. Unknown to our visitors, match results were being recorded so that a small prize could be present later on in the weekend. Quick change and off to dinner at the Siam Harbour side before a well earned rest, day 1 done.
Saturday morning is free time for host and guest to have a look around Bristol or to catch up on news from the last year. 2pm, Ashton Park Sports centre sees the arrival of keen, enthusiastic and competitive players for the ‘match’. 46 games were played,with some fantastic points and rally’s. After nearly 4 hours of play, it was time for showers and then the traditional group photo or two. After a short rest bite, we meet up at Henbury golf club for a meal, presentations, drinking and dancing. A small trophy is presented to the highest scoring Hannover lady and man from the friendly badminton on Friday evening and the winners of the ‘match’, which this year went to Hannover, 24 games to 22. Day 2 done.
Moving onto Sunday, no time to rest, we all arrive in Bath for a tour of the Roman Baths and then off to Royal Victoria Park for a pic nic and ball games. We were blessed with a beautiful day, so we were able to relax in the sunshine, play cricket and football and generally have a lovely time, before finishing our weekend with a lovely meal at the Lockbrook Inn. Day 3 done.
Finally, 7.15 am Monday morning sees the return of 10 tired out Hannoverians to the airport and the end of another exchange. Thank you so much for the donation that we received, which we used to pay for court hire at Ashton Park sports centre.