Cunningham ready as England gear up for Germany trip

Alfie Cunningham
Alfie Cunningham
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Alfie Cunningham will represent England at the Japan Karate Association European Championship in Germany.

The Havant karate star, 15, who is a second dan black belt, will be competing in four categories in the prestigious event at the end of May.

Cunningham will line-up in the individual and team kata, and the individual and team kumite.

Selection for the team events in Dusseldorf shows how well he has fitted in with the England squad during training at Westminster in London.

Havant instructor Steve Fife will travel to Germany as well and is looking forward to seeing Cunningham in action on the international stage again.

He said: ‘Alfie is quite cool about it but we’re all excited for him.

‘He’s done well and he has the team events this time.

‘Alfie is a likeable lad and has bonded well with the other members of the England squad.

‘Hopefully he stands a good chance of getting a medal. It would be nice to see him on the podium.’

Last year Cunningham lined up for his country in the World Championships in Japan.

He’s now upped his training to three sessions a week at club level.

Alfie’s brother William, eight, is too young to compete in internationals this year.

But he has also joined up with the England squad for training.

Fife added: ‘William cannot compete this year but he will be coming to Germany as well to support Alfie.

‘He’s done a few national competitions and it will be a good chance for him to experience the atmosphere at the Europeans – hopefully ahead of him competing in it next year.’

The form of the Cunningham brothers is great inspiration for the other club members at Havant.

‘Alfie and William are doing so well and it pushes everyone to train hard,’ said Fife.