Twinning 2013: Musik und Sport ohne Grehnzen!

Musik und Sport ohne Grehnzen!

Cwmbran Community Council’s long-established relationship with its twin town of Bruchsal reached new levels during 2013.

In 2012, the council welcomed a party from the German town to Wales, to enjoy a hectic round of engagements which showcased “Cwmbran and its Communities.”

The Council was therefore delighted to accept an invitation to make the return trip in May 2013. This visit formed part of a wider celebration of twinning around the theme of “We are active in Europe.”

The Council’s delegation joined representatives of neighbouring Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon Community Council and the Friends of Bruchsal in meeting delegations from Bruchsal’ s five other twin towns to exchange ideas and discussions on the future of twinning. The discussions also featured workshops on various cultural and political themes.

Each town also sent teams of young people to participate in a day of sporting activities. Cwmbran’s youngsters took part in a full day of amusing and challenging sporting activities, supported eagerly from the side-lines by the civic delegation. The Welsh youngsters were the youngest team to take part in the activity (one was only 12 years old) yet did the country proud with their enthusiasm and team-work.

The theme for these games was Sports Without Frontiers, a theme which was extended into a music based evening of cultural activities designed to show how music and sport could be used to develop relationships beyond traditional political or cultural boundaries: Musik und Sport “ohne Grenzen” (“without frontiers”).

The Cwmbran youngsters worked hard in the months prior to the trip, researching their local history and creating a promotional film of Cwmbran from a young person’s perspective. The trip to Bruchsal was the first time many of these young people had been abroad. It provided an opportunity to develop their citizenship skills, try out their German vocabulary and make valuable links for future work.

Part of the focus of the trip as far as the Council’s delegation was concerned was to share ideas on how existing twinning arrangements could be strengthened. The opportunity to draw on the varying experiences and aspirations of five other towns was invaluable and built on foundations laid down during round-table discussion about the future of twinning as part of the 2012 visit.

Members of the council later examined how the issues arising from these unique discussions could be used as building blocks to continue to develop twinning in ways which engage the whole community – especially young people.