European travels take Wanderers all the way to Cromford

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Wirksworth Wanderers travelled to Frankenhau to join teams from France and Germany in a football competition organised as part of the 325th anniversary of the Heguenot community arriving in Frankenhau. Wanderers competed in a six aside tournament against teams from Frankenhau, the host town, and Die in France. Wirksworth Wanderers also played Frankenhau in a full sided game.

Chris Whittall, who helped organised the team, said: “ ‘To be invited to this prestigious event is a great honour and we look forward to some exciting competition.’

The whole experience is being recorded by Phil Richards who is also acting as official interpreter.

“ We hope to see this event repeated in Wirksworth in the foreseeable future. My role in part is to record the whole experience so that we can show everyone locally what our twin community of Frankenhau is like. We want to build sporting bridges that will bring our communities even closer together.”

On their way, The Wanderers called in at Cromford near Rattingen.

“We thought it would be fun to call in at Cromford’s namesake in Germany,” added Phil Richards who organised the slight diversion.