Founder of Göttingen Youth Sports Exchange passes away

Philip Gordon “Jasper” Cook
19 July 1934 – 29 April 2020

Jasper Cook, 85, passed away 0n 29 April 2020 in Gloucester Royal Infirmary.  He had recently had a stroke but sadly became another victim of the coronavirus.

Jasper, as he was affectionately known, started the Cheltenham – Göttingen Youth Sports exchange along with Peter Morgenstern from Göttingen with the first exchange taking place in 1967.  He took generations of youngsters to Cheltenham’s twin town to participate in sporting activities.  Jasper’s passion was football and he also arranged pre-season training visits to Göttingen for Cheltenham Town Football club.

Jasper called Göttingen his second home and will be fondly remembered by many people in both towns.

RIP Jasper.
Picture courtesy of RDavis shows Jasper Cook (middle) with Karin Ropeter Twinning Officer from Göttingen and Garth Barnes then chairman of the Twinning Association at a reception for Göttingen  visitors in 2013.

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