Bressuire Handi Games marks twinning 20 year anniversary

Jetting off: The group at the airport before heading off to Bressuire
Jetting off: The group at the airport before heading off to Bressuire

It has been 20 years since Fraserburgh was twinned with Bressuire in France.

As a celebration of those 20 years the Fraserburgh Bressuire Twinning Association is supporting a project which will see a group of 17 from Fraserburgh take part in the Handi Games in Bressuire.

Planning: Some of the group who will be heading to Bressuire planning on what to do when they arrive.

Planning: Some of the group who will be heading to Bressuire planning on what to do when they arrive.

The group will be joined in the project by a similar group from Aberdeen.

The group will include students who attend the Supported Learning Programme at Banff and Buchan College together with their lecturers Jim Saunders, Liz Gault and carers.

The group left on Wednesday August 24 with a group of 18 joining them from Aberdeen City and Shire Multisport Coaching Group.

The group will have training sessions on Thursday and Friday with friendly games taking place at the weekend.

As in the previous events held in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh in 2009 and Stavenger in 2010 the athletes will take part in teams made up of different nationalities.

This will include Scottish, French, Irish and Norwgian athletes taking part.

A spokesperson from Fraserburgh Bressuire Twinning Association said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to take part in an international event.”

The students, who are aged between 16 and 21 are all studying on the College’s supported programmes and this trip is the result of all their efforts throughout the previous academic year to raise the £4,000 they needed to fund the trip.

The students organised an enterprise project ‘Time to Dine’ where they offered lunch from the College’s Bressuire Bistro every Tuesday to raise funds.

To supplement this they also organised a sponsored walk along the beach from Fraserburgh to St Combes, a race night in partnership with Fraserburgh Rotary Club, a quiz night and an end of term Ceilidh which was supported by many local businesses.

Curriculum Leader for Supported Programmes Jim Saunders said “Our trip has been organised with support from Dr Helen Fowler and Marilyn Samways from the Fraserburgh-Bressuire Twinning Association.

“The students travelled out on Wednesday and will take part in the competition activities on Saturday and Sunday.

“The competition includes many different sports including blowpipe, laser shooting, small discs tossing, boccia, curling and bowling.

“The students will compete against other students from Scotland, Ireland, Norway and France.”

“In addition to the competition, in honour of the 20th Anniversary of the Twinning arrangement the students have been invited to a Gala Dinner on Saturday evening and a BBQ on Sunday evening.

“They will also visit the Saumur vineyard and see an equestrian parade and show.”

Jim added “The students worked really hard last year to raise the funds for this trip and they are all really looking forward to visiting Bressuire and taking part in the competition.

“The fundraising and the trip itself has given the students great experience in so many different areas including running a business, budgeting, planning and organising, sport and fitness, and learning about other cultures and is likely to be a time they won’t forget.”

caption: Planning: Some of the group who will be heading to Bressuire planning on what to do when they arrive.