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CALAIS – Sleepless to Belgium

It’s 11 p.m., a delay of 5 hours. Our energy level has reached the zero point. The ferry is overfilled, hardly any seats are left, the noise hardly bearable.

Once more The Ball becomes the centre of attention. Young people from England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany are happy about the change and engage in headers and interesting conversations about Europe. We start to fear for The Ball, that someone could just kick it over the railing. So we go inside and treat ourselves to a large glass of cider. Mhh! Delicious!

The two hyper-active balls of energy Benni and Andrew still haven’t had enough and spend their time with juggling tricks and a large crowd of people gathers around the budding circus performers. Another aspect of the Ball-Phenomenon!


One Ball !
One Play-Instinct!
One Passion!
One Ball !


Arrival in Calais – summer-time change! One stolen hour! Great! At 4 at night we arrive in Eupen, totally knackered and fall into our 4-star beds! Another 2 hours and the alarm rings – how I hate that sound!

Written by & on Sunday, April 1st, 2018

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The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.