- Written by IFC
On July 9 and 10 the 21st European Cheerleading Championships will be held in Koper, Slovenia. The Cheerleader Vereinigung Deutschland (CVD) within AFVD, Germany’s governing body for cheerleading and American Football, will have the highest headcount of the European championships, as 399 cheerleaders, 48 coaches, 30 spotters and five further staff members form the German entourage which is recruited from 21 different clubs.
Germany will participate in 28 different categories / age groups and thus are represented in virtually all categories and divisions with excellent chances to secure medals. In most contests the Germans will be represented more than once: 64 squads or Doubles face their European competition and a lot of them certainly define the level of competition in their categories.
Last year Germany became the first European nation which hosted the Cheerleading World Championships for a second time and won a variety of medals at the Berlin CWC. In addition, this year virtually all teams who had qualified for ECC during the German Championships in May in Dresden should compete in Koper at full strength - which is sometimes difficult to attain, when in some regions school holidays are still some weeks away and exams are pending for many of the young athletes.
Before cheerleading may be performed on the mats at Koper, the logistics must first be taken care of by CVD staff. From nine different federal states and all regions of Germany contestants are joining the strong national delegation in Koper. Travel arrangements have now been concluded and planned in every detail, so the athletes are ready to perform at their peak in Koper.
The largest club delegations from Germany - each with over 50 athletes - will be United Cheer Sports from Dortmund, MCC from Großziethen in Brandenburg and Stern Britz from Berlin. Cheerleading in Germany in recent years is in an upward trend throughout the whole of the country, where it was first established as a competitive sport on the European continent about 30 years ago.
A sophisticated CVD approved training system for coaches and judges and appropriate procedures for all age groups and talent levels form the foundation and this was recently enriched after entering into a cooperation with the Deutscher Tanzsport-Verband (DTV), Germany’s national federation for DanceSport. In Koper the Germans now again would like to reap the rewards for their efforts - preferably in the colours of gold, silver or bronze...