Botswana catches cheerleading fever

Cheerleading: PIC: Botswana Cheerleading Federation Facebook
Cheerleading: PIC: Botswana Cheerleading Federation Facebook

In most American movie lines, a cheerleader was that pretty girl who sat in the stands and cheered the boys as they sweated it out on the pitch.

The captain of the team will always date thisIn most American movie lines, a cheerleader was that pretty girl who sat in the stands and cheered the boys as they sweat it out on the pitch. The captain of the team will always date this pretty girl. The pretty girl always had a group of girls that she walks around with. As time evolved, the group started providing entertainment.

Things have now changed. Cheerleading is no longer about entertainment, it is now an Olympic sport. The cheerleading trend has reached Botswana shores. Back in 2015, Botswana Cheerleading Federation (BCF) was formed and formally registered in 2018. BCF public relations officer, Tirelo Ditshipi told Mmegi Sport that they gained provisional membership of the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) in March last year and with the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), in December 2020. BCF is now a recognised affiliate of BNSC but they are not full members of the BNOC. “It all started as far back as 2006, with a club known as Soccer Babes as a brainchild of the current BCF president, Neo Selwe. Interest in the sport grew then and more and more people wanted to join but the numbers were overwhelming. It was only right to register as a federation to bring more people and form clubs in order to affiliate with the BNSC.

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