Bayern Munich is one of the top football clubs in the world on the pitch and also one that is financially successful.
Now, the defending Bundesliga champions will play what club officials said is “an active part” in helping Germany meet the recent influx of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East. The team said it will contribute financial, material and practical help.
“We at FC Bayern consider it our socio-political responsibility to help displaced and needy children, women and men, supporting and assisting them in Germany,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern Munich chairman.
FC Bayern via its youth section plans to establish a “training camp” for refugees over the coming weeks. Municipal authorities will assume essential organisational tasks. Kids and youths will train at FC Bayern at intervals to be determined later, take German classes, and be provided with meals and football kit.
FC Bayern München AG will additionally donate €1 million from a friendly match to refugee support projects. The projects will be selected after liaison with Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann and Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter.
At the club’s next match against FC Augsburg on 12 September, players will be escorted onto the Allianz Arena pitch hand-in-hand with a German child and a refugee child as a mark of support for the integration of refugees.
FC Bayern president Karl-Hopfner also announced measures to be taken by the club’s charity foundation FC Bayern Hilfe eV. The foundation is especially keen to raise the spirits of children from refugee families by providing activities and events in the period before Christmas.
“This is a wonderful and exemplary programme which I fully welcome and support – another magnificent example of the willingness to help and welcoming culture in our country,” said Joachim Herrmann (CSU), Bavarian interior minister.