How are you? Do you have enough supplies? And is there a way we can help you? These were just some of the questions asked by VfL head coach Oliver Glasner, his players Robin Knoche and Felix Klaus as well as VfL Women duo Svenja Huth and Sara Doorsoun on Friday afternoon as they called a total of 75 WölfeClub members and season ticket holders to ask how they are doing.
Last Wednesday, approximately 40 VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH employees, including VfL managing director Michael Meeske, Pierre Littbarski and Roy Präger, began making calls as part of an initiative to offer support to Green-and-Whites fans over the age of 70 during the coronavirus pandemic.
From Monday onwards, VfL employees will offer support to members and season ticket holders for the Volkswagen Arena and AOK Stadion who are over the age of 65 as part of the club’s #wirhelfen (we help) campaign – whether it be running errands, going shopping or picking up prescriptions and medication. They will also take time to chat to the more than 2,500 fans about the current football-free hiatus as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and listen to their worries and fears.
“Important that everyone’s got enough supplies”
“There was a lot of surprise and amazement during the phone calls I made,” said Glasner. “I received a lot of very positive feedback. The best and most important thing for me was that everyone was doing well, everyone was healthy and in good shape. It’s very important to me that everyone’s got enough supplies.”
VfL defender Knoche was equally positive about the experience: “Everyone was delighted that I called them. They told me about their everyday lives, how they’re doing and whether they’re getting support. They also said they’re doing everything they can to stick to the guidelines from the authorities. On every call I could tell that our fans miss football a lot. As a team we really hope everyone stays healthy and is doing well.”
Olympic gold medal winner Huth was also happy to have had the opportunity to speak to so many fans: “It was a really nice thing to do because in every single call I noticed just how much it meant to people to receive a call asking how they’re doing and whether they needed any help. They all told me they’re doing well and making the best of the situation, thankfully. And they all stressed that they’re hoping to see us again in the stadium as soon as possible – and the feeling is mutual.”