Bayer 04’s football team is part of the “Einfach Fußball” Project, which is a programme run by the Bayer AG and the sporting management of Bayer 04 Leverkusen to support children and teenagers with disabilities in football and social skills. With their social responsibility background, the Bayer AG and Bayer 04 Leverkusen GmbH are engaged in the advancement of pupils in schools for special needs, with focus on intellectual disabilities since 2010. Bayer created partnerships between special schools and mainstream football clubs of the German Football Federation (DFB) which should have a lasting contribution to include disabled teenagers into the cultural aspects of football clubs and especially the participation into active club life and the inclusion into society. Currently there are 22 participating Football clubs in Germany. The first step was building up connections between German football clubs and schools for children with special needs. A feature of this programme is the support by co-coaches who assist the head coach while training. There are two to three assistants per training session (i.e. young able-bodied players from regular teams instead of commonly used adult assistant coaches). The underlying reason for that is the peer-teaching concept which aims to foster the social and football skills of the disabled teenagers. The organisation of the training sessions is optimised with that peer-teaching and some children with disabilities get the opportunity to experience a role-change from a player’s perspective to a coaching perspective with this peer-teaching concept as well. Twice a year, a football tournament in organised in Leverkusen. The rst one takes place at the training ground of Bayer 04 Leverkusen (summer) and the second one is situated in the greatest sports hall of Leverkusen (winter). All participating teams of pupils with disabilities come together to compete with each other, and attend a Bundesliga match together to have fun and to strengthen and maintain their motivation for continuous training engagement as well.
Meinolf Sprink, Director Supporters & CSR
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