Why did you join SWS?
I wanted to learn a third language and to spend some time abroad. The SWS made it possible to combine that with playing hockey. Adding to that they found a place for me to stay and helped me receive a french Diplom.
When and for how long?
Arrived in France: 26.08.2016; Left: 12.02.2017
All in all 5 months
Where were you located?
I lived in the guest house of the Le Cam family in Bihorel, France
Where were you playing hockey? Which team? …
AS Rouen University Club
Teams 1,2 and U19
Apart from playing hockey, what were you doing with SWS? (Studying? Working? … )
I was going to university for french lessons, finishing with the DELF B1 (french language diplome). At uni I met many international people and the lessons were more than helpful. Apart from that I worked as a hockey trainer at the club, training all youth ages and the 3rd senior team, plus going to match days and tournaments.
What did you learn during this experience?
My first priority was to learn french, but I believe I matured thanks to my experience.
What difference did it make for your life / career?
I met a lot of new friends at the Club and in university that I will stay in contact with. I learned to speak french and it was a great experience I can only recommend.
Do you have a funny story / experience to share about your experience with SWS?
I acompenied the U14 team to a tournament when I wasn´t fluent in french yet. That could make the pep talks before the games very amusing.
Do you still play hockey?
If yes, where?
I am going to play at GTHGC in Hamburg again, and in my universitys team.
Did you ever come to the SWS tournament? Which ones?
2014 in East Grinstead, 2015 in Hamburg and 2016 in Rouen as a coach
Are you able to come for the SWS tournament in EG this summer?
I would like to, but I am starting to study the same month, so I don´t know if I will have the time.
Final important question: What would you like to say to Hinrich and Doni (Basti’s parents)?
I want to thank them for setting up SWS, they are helping young people go abroad, meet new people and gather experiences.
Adding to that, the yearly tournaments are always a lot of fun and a great chance to get to know players from abroad.
Thank you for your time and most importantly for Basti’s memory.