Hockey Club plays host to girls from Argentina

Alderley Edge Hockey Club hosted 35 girls from Newlands College in Buenos Aires for a long weekend of sport and cultural exchange.

The Argentinian girls stayed with members' families and played games on Saturday, 24th September, against Wilmslow High School and against the club teams on the Sunday, 25th September.

Arriving on Friday night, most of touring party enjoyed a welcome buffet at Gusto in the village whilst others attended a dinner party with a local Argentinian family.

In the Saturday mornings matches, honours were even with Colegio Newlands winning one game and Wilmslow High the second game. In the afternoon the girls visited Liverpool and afterwards some of the families took the girls to The Trafford Centre for a spot of shopping whist other enjoyed family dinners.

Sunday morning activities included walks up to the Edge, drives out to Shuttlingsloe and helping muck out some horses!

The afternoon games against the club were fast and furious with Alderley winning the Under 16 game 5-0 but narrowly losing the Under 18 game 2-1, despite having most of the play and over a dozen penalty corners. The atmosphere pitch side was very exciting with the arrival of the Newlands boys rugby team who had being playing at Wilmslow High School over the weekend.

All the children enjoyed a BBQ back at Alderley Edge Cricket Club after the matches and exchanged souvenir plaques and pennants .

The visit was co-ordinated by hockey club volunteer Kelvin Briggs who was delighted with the outcome. He told "The weekend was a fantastic success with new friendships fostered and a great cultural exchange. We owe huge thanks to our host families for their generosity in looking after the girls. How great it would be for us to visit Argentina one day!"

Alderley Edge Hockey Club