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VfL School of Football trains with deaf footballers.

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A very special training session

Last Saturday, October 31st, VfL Wolfsburg didn’t just welcome representatives from Spanish sponsors Grupo Sesé and their in-house foundation Fundacíon Sesé, but rather also a group of deaf sportspersons and functionaries from the Spanish and German deaf sports federations for a mutual football training session.

Within the scope of the partnership with Grupo Sesé, in the international project "Wolfsburg United", the VfL School of Football held a training session prior to the Bundesliga clash between the Wolves and Bayer Leverkusen. Fundación Sesé have set the target of integrating individuals with disabilities into everyday working life. A year ago, the idea was introduced of hosting a mutual CSR activity on the subject of integration, which is a core element of VfL Wolfsburg’s CSR initiative "Gemeinsam bewegen" (Moving Together).

Training like a pro!

Peter Fiebiger (Vice-president of the German deaf sports federation), Santiago Poveda Garcia (president of the Spanish deaf sports federation) and Pedro García (CEO of Fundación Sesé) | from left to right.Before taking to the pitch, the delegation from Spain and Germany first enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Volkswagen Arena. Strengthened by a small snack, the group then took to the training pitch at the Volkswagen Arena, where otherwise only the VfL Wolfsburg professional players train. Under the professional guidance of coaches from the VfL School of Football, the sportsmen and women went through a two-hour session, consisting of several different drills.

Robin Knoche greets the guests

With their work on the pitch completed, the group then gathered together for an evening meal in Club45. One particular highlight of the evening was the visit of VfL defender Robin Knoche, who took the opportunity to greet the special guests at the Volkswagen Arena. The Wolves centre-half participated in some small-talk, whilst granting photo and autograph wishes. The 2-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen marked the end of an entirely successful day: "It was a very professionally organised day and we had a lot of fun," summarised a very satisfied Juan Anton Molina from Grupo Sesé.

Pablo Ferran (Fundación Sesé), Pedro García (CEO Fundación Sesé), Stefan Kluwe (VfL Wolfsburg), Alexandra Sesé Franco (Grupo Sesé), Juan Antonio Molina (Grupo Sesé), Belén López Pérez (Grupo Sesé) | from left to right.Peter Fiebiger, vice-president of the German deaf sports federation, was also extremely enthusiastic about what had been a wonderful day dedicated to sport: "It was a unique experience for all of the players. All of the participants later explained to me that they had never experienced anything quite like it. The two-hour training session showed many new aspects of training theory. With the visit to Club45 and the game against Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg provided great joy for people with impaired hearing."

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