DJK Kaufbeuren continues to grow among youth in basketball – new coaches are doing their part. The economy and the number of members are stable.
13.10.2022 | Status: 05:00
In the words of chairman Michael Barnsteiner, DJK Kaufbeuren looked back on “a mixed year with some ups and downs” at this year’s general meeting. that corona pandemic again caused “a real mess” in the past club year, the club boss said. In addition to all the restrictions in training and especially in game operations, only one official board meeting could take place. But through team spirit and cohesion, we were ultimately able to master this phase together – which Barnsteiner expressed his thanks to all members and especially the volunteers. Meanwhile, he sees great potential in the club’s youth work.
New coaches are a stroke of luck
With the two newly acquired basketball coaches Alex Susock for U16 and U14 and Andreas Haas for U10, “real happiness training” has been done. “They are incredibly engaged and attract more and more children and young people,” Barnsteiner reported. “Sometimes there are more than 30 people in training, so half of the training has to be split into two groups. The coaches are asking for support – and we urgently need to give them that.” This, in turn, already comes to a large extent from Mike Lippert, who not only serves as the president of the Bavarian Basketball Association for the Swabian district, but also for his home club Kaufbeuren always lends a helping hand when recruiting helpers and occasionally takes a training session himself. The aim remains to have as many youth teams as possible in the game in the future.
The Schraderhalle is being rebuilt
The corresponding home ground is already being prepared: Schraderhalle is to be rebuilt in the next two years or so after the demolition. During planning, the city responded to the association’s wishes and always took it into account, for which DJK is very grateful, Barnsteiner said. The transition period leading up to the move will bring one challenge or another in relation to training opportunities, so everyone must continue to help together. “But with this influx of young people and the prospect of a nice new hall, we are facing a good rebuild. Something big can happen at DJK in the next few years,” predicted the chairman.
Economy defies the pandemic
In any case, the club’s finances are not bad, which treasurer Marcel Jutzi demonstrated on the basis of the cash report. After all, there were almost no expenses due to the second Corona season. “Even cashing the check has never been so quick,” Jutzi said. Another news is that there were no fines from the association to DJK in 2021. In addition, the income from the annual contributions remained relatively stable, as despite the pandemic there were virtually no redundancies.
Extraordinary basketball season
Basketball department head Isidoro Peronace’s report highlighted an “extraordinary” season for the first team, which finished fifth in the district major league. Out of a total of only ten games, all five away games were won, while at home the DJK conceded four bankruptcies in five games. With the good prospects for the youth teams and an U14 and U16 in play as well as another men’s team at the start, you are in a better position for the coming season than in a few years.
Volleyball players are looking for coaches
The DJK women’s volleyball team achieved a respectable fifth place in the Eichenkreuz D class last season. However, after the departure of coach Jakob Markthaler and several players, there will be no more teams in the new season. Instead, an U14 team starts again, which made people sit up and take notice with an excellent third place out of 17 teams in the Eichenkreuz Hobby League, as department manager Verena Siegel emphasized in her report. However, the search for coaches must still be accelerated in order to be able to offer volleyball to more children and young people. The demand is still huge.
Elisabeth Lidl for 60 years
In the only re-election on the agenda, Siegel was unanimously re-elected as head of volleyball and Peronace as head of basketball. The absolute highlight of the evening followed last, but not least: Elisabeth Lidl, who has been a member of the board in several positions for decades and is today a women’s guard, was honored for 60 years of membership in DJK and duly celebrated.
The following members were recognized for long-term membership:
- 25 years: Susanne Gutser, Andreas Kauer.
- 50 years: Gerhard Titze.
- 60 years: Elisabeth Lidl.