Among a group of adult students from Schwerin, Germany, studying at GSE’s Hamilton School in Edinburgh in April, was former European handball champion and international coach, Erwin Kaldarasch, pictured here with his fellow group leader, Kerstin Kutzer, and Scottie, the school mascot.
Erwin and Kerstin brought a group aged 30–76 years old, who had been studying Scottish culture, literature and current affairs in their school of English in Schwerin. For most it was their first time in Scotland, but they hope to come back.
They found the Scottish people friendly and Edinburgh beautiful. “If you ask anyone for help, they will not just help but they stop and chat,” said Erwin. “And if you go to the bus stop they all respect each other and queue patiently, which doesn’t always happen in Germany!”
The feedback from the students on the course was also excellent. They said that teachers were nice and good at teaching to the level of the students.
“I think the Hamilton 50+ programme for adults is well-tailored to the needs of the students,” Kerstin said, “and there is a good mix of languages, learning and events.” The German group went to the King’s Theatre to see Mary Poppins, which Kerstin described as “a fabulous show.”
It turned out that Erwin has been the national handball coach for Algeria, India, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, as well as the coach of a regional team in Germany. And in 1966, the handball team for which he played won the European Championship!
Erwin Kaldarasch, Kerstin Kutzer and Scottie, the school mascot