For several weeks now, VfL Bochum 1848 has been offering refugee children and young people an exercise program at the refugee shelter on Unterstraße in Bochum-Langendreer. Every Friday, qualified VfL instructors offer a variety of sports activities for 7-13-year-olds. In the spirit of rapid integration in Bochum, both refugee children and young people take part in this offer, as well as members of the adjacent leisure and media centre “inpoint Langendreer”.
Last week, a special highlight was in store for the children and young people. VfL invited them to a stadium tour at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Under the guidance of VfL fan representative Dirk “Moppel” Michalowski, the 25 participants were guided through the stadium and were able to gain an insight into the hallowed grounds surrounding the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. In particular, the view from the playing field into the wide stadium perimeter impressed all. The history and context of the stadium was translated by interpreter Rodeon Emmer. Also at this point again a hearty thank you!
The exercise sessions are organised together with the leisure and media house “inpoint Langendreer” and take place within the framework of the “Blue-White Movement Room”. The “Blue-White Movement Room” provides children and young people with low-threshold access to a wide range of regular sports activities. The project is funded until August 2022 by the German Children and Youth Foundation’s “AUF!leben” program, which is financed by the German government.