RITC welcome international visitors from twinned town

A German family from one of Barnsley’s twinned towns visited Reds in the Community this week.

Dr. Lukas Amadeus Schachneur, alongside his wife and eight-year-old son, have visited the town of Barnsley several times before but have never had the chance to visit Barnsley Football Club itself.

That changed this time however as they contacted RITC and paid for their son, Gottieb Damjamo, to come along to a day of our Spring Break Soccer Camps.

Gottieb had a great day with our coaches, whilst picking up bits of English at the same time, before he and his family were treated to a ground tour of Oakwell.

At the end of the tour, the family were given a signed ball alongside match ticket vouchers for a Barnsley FC home game for when they next return to South Yorkshire.

The Schachneur family are from Schwabisch Gmund, a town lying on the River Rems in South Germany.

It is the second largest town in East Wurttemberg and is around 50 km from Stuttgart.

The link between Barnsley and Schwabisch Gmund was made official in 1971 however communication first began when a group of young Germans stayed here in 1954.

Barnsley is also twinned with Gorlovka, a large mining town in East Ukraine which is under two hours from the city of Donetsk.