21 April 2011
This year the Sauerkraut Football Cup came to Aston. The annual event saw a number of German teams from Universities across the country competing in a day long football tournament.
Teams taking part included; University of Bath, University of Birmingham, Bristol University, University of Exeter, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield and University of Warwick. Along with players a number of teams were accompanied by friends and supporters, with more than 200 people in attendance on the day.
The event was organised by Elke Kösser, currently DAAD Language Assistant at Aston University, with the assistance of several colleagues from the School of Languages and Social Sciences’. The event had addition support throughout the planning process from students, members of staff and friends of the university, along with the fans and friends a number of prominent figures attended the day, which included representatives from the DAAD in London.
Elke Kösser said; ‘A lot of time went into organising the event, however on the day it was clear it was all worth it. The feedback from all the teams was very positive and I think it’s far to say everyone greatly enjoyed it. Hopefully next year we may even win!’
The event was supported financially by Aston University’s School of Languages and Social Sciences and the DAAD London. Both Aldi and Lidl generously provided food and drink, whilst Langenscheidt Verlag, the Spotlight Verlag, the Goethe-Institute and the German Embassy supplied a number of prizes.
Building on the success of last year, the tournament saw a very high number of entries with the feedback from the participating teams being very positive. One student from Sheffield commented on the groups facebook page; “Thanks for putting on such a great day! Sauerkraut truly is an epic event!”.
For further information regarding the event please contact Elke koasser. Whilst more photos from the event can be viewed on the flickr feed and general information on the Facebook page.