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SCORE Teams from England, Poland, France and Germany took part in the day at Cowplain Community School.  '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121661-4598)
SCORE Teams from England, Poland, France and Germany took part in the day at Cowplain Community School. '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121661-4598)

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EURO 2012 will be full of footballing rivalries, but one school decided to celebrate peace and friendship among Europe with youngsters from countries across the continent.

Cowplain Community School was the venue for a bumper line-up of events to mark Europe Day.

More than 100 people from communities in Henstedt-Ulzburg and Usedom in Germany, Maurepas in France and Wierzchowo in Poland - pictured above - arrived for a weekend of fun.

Proceedings began with an opening ceremony attended by the mayor of Havant Gerald Shimbart, which included samba music.

The first event was a 5km fun run in the school grounds, with Havant Athletics Club helping to organise it.

The following day there was an action-packed line-up of swimming, fencing, archery, and football, before a cultural evening of dance and drama performances.

Sue Cornell, one of the organisers, said: ‘The whole weekend was a great success, exceeding all my expectations, and very much aided by the fantastic weather – we were so lucky.

‘All the young people involved seemed to enjoy every part of the programme. They competed in mixed teams and got along extremely well together overcoming any language barriers.’

The school was supported by Havant Borough Council, Waterlooville Area Twinning Association, Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club and Horizon Leisure Trust in putting on the event.

Asda in Waterlooville donated breakfast food and a donation also came from Waitrose in Waterlooville.

Sue added: ‘The event was a great example of how community groups can work together to achieve something memorable.’