YOUNGSTERS from Kirklees’ twin towns descended on Huddersfield as they looked forward to taking part in a sports extravaganza this weekend.
The youngsters, from Bielsko Biala in Poland, Kreis Unna, in Germany, and Besancon in France, are all in town for this weekend’s hotly anticipated Kirklees Youth Games.
The spectacle, which incorporates music and sporting activities, is expected to attract a crowd of thousands when it is staged at the Galpharm Stadium this Sunday.
Around 2,500 children from across the district and other countries around the world, including the twin towns, are set to take part.
As they look forward to the weekend’s events, youngsters from the twin towns have been making the most of their time here by visiting some of the area’s must-see places.
On the first day of their visit, they enjoyed a trip to the town’s landmark Castle Hill, which was opened especially for them.
There they enjoyed climbing the tower and playing games with students from schools in north and south Kirklees, who will be staying with them during their visit.
They also had a welcoming reception and tour around Huddersfield Town Hall with the mayor of Kirklees, Clr Karam Hussain, and visited the local shops. The youngsters will finish off their visit by taking part in a sports day at Leeds Road on Saturday, before joining the many children taking part in Sunday’s event.
Chris Rowe, Kirklees Council’s policy officer responsible for twinning, said: “They’ve all had a fantastic time, visiting local landmarks and getting the chance to mix and interact with other young people from different countries.
“For most of them it’s their first visit to Kirklees, so it was nice for them to learn a bit about our culture and get involved. We’re living in a world that’s getting smaller and smaller, so it’s important to have trips like this to help young people understand other countries and cultures.
“The Youth Games will also be a great event for showing them what we can do.”