Allianz supports young athletes
Allianz Junior Football Camp – a true success story!
A total of 267 young people aged between 14 and 16 have attended Allianz Junior Football Camps since 2009, creating a legacy of worldwide contacts and international friendships. The popularity of the Football Camp has grown over the years. In 2009, Allianz organized the first international football camp in Munich with 34 teenagers from 9 different countries. One year later, 43 participants from 10 countries came to Germany. In 2011 the success story continued with even more participating countries (16) and teenagers (52). In 2012 the Camp welcomed 21 countries and 63 teenagers. This year, the fifth annual Camp, welcomed 75 skilled young footballers from 25 different countries – a new record.
Thanks to Allianz’s long-standing partnership with FC Bayern München, participants of the Camp are able to experience the daily life of their football heroes at the Bayern training ground in Säbener Straße first-hand. A very special program awaits them in Munich: training with FC Bayern youth coaches, a special tour of the Allianz Arena and a look behind the scenes of FC Bayern München. In 2013, the participants were also able to witness the 3-1 victory of FC Bayern vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach in the opening match of the new Bundesliga season at the Allianz Arena. However, the biggest highlight was still watching a training session, followed by a meet & greet with stars like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer and Dante.
At the same time the young people have a unique opportunity to establish contact with football fans from all around the world. No matter where they come from - there are 25 countries taking part this year, from Indonesia and Spain to Brazil and Saudi Arabia - all the young people have one thing in common: their passion for football. Christian Deuringer, Head of Global Brand Management at Allianz SE, is keen to emphasise the training camp’s role as an international meeting place: “The Allianz Junior Football Camp gives young people an opportunity to come together and exchange ideas and experiences in a manner that transcends national and continental borders. This means that the Camp not only allows them to gain unique football experiences, but also enables us to make a key contribution to promoting mutual respect between different cultures.“
And even after the training camp comes to an end, these international exchanges can be continued on the “Football for life”-homepage (www.football-for-life.com). All the photos, videos and reports on the camp participants’ experiences are available both on this website and to the associated Facebook community (https://www.facebook.com/AllianzFootballforlife).