The DFB integration commissioner Cacau took part in a discussion meeting at the Bonn House of History on Tuesday on the topic “Kitt of our society – Do clubs get together?” The message of the former German national player of Brazilian origin in front of about 200 guests from politics, business and science was clear: “The voluntary and charitable work in our football clubs contributes much to the good social cohesion in Germany.”
Especially sports and football clubs would have an extremely high priority in integrative terms, emphasized Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Engels, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bonn Academy, in his welcome speech.
More than 25,000 football clubs across the country are not only the first port of call for many children and adolescents to get in touch with the people around them, they are also making attractive offers for older people. So far, about two million U-footballers operate and organize their sport in countless teams – and the trend is rising.
The clubs also make a major contribution to the integration of refugees through football. For example, more than 3,000 football clubs are supported by the integration projects “1: 0 and 2: 0 for a Welcome” of the DFB-Stiftung Egidius Braun to socially integrate refugees in Germany, teach them social skills, values and rules and give them the German language. “The integrative power that clubs can develop, I only got to know by the registration of my son in the local football club. There is nothing comparable in Brazil, “praised Cacau.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Braun, Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin and head of the department “Integration, Sport and Football” at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research, pointed to the diversity of the association and emphasized: “The club life as an association of citizens Citizens are rightly anchored in the Basic Law. ”
With the support of the Sepp-Herberger-Foundation, people with mental or physical disabilities, for example, will have the long-awaited wish to be able to participate in the community experience of football, despite the handicap. Numerous football clubs have opened their structures to people with disabilities and created framework conditions to meet the challenges of successful inclusion. And the commitment pays off: More and more disabled children, adolescents and adults play football. For Cacau, the Volkssport therefore has a very special meaning: “From the outside, the DFB is measured by titles, successes and profits. At the grassroots, however, issues such as integration and volunteering are important. “