When it comes to pre-season training, the Wolves will have a new partner to count on in the future, namely Styria. VfL managing director Michael Meeske, head coach Oliver Glasner, state minister for economy and tourism Barbara Eibinger-Miedl and International Football Camp Styria (IFCS) CEO Kian Walizadeh were all present at the club’s training camp in Schladming on Wednesday to unveil the new partnership between the South Austrian region and the German Bundesliga outfit. Styria has signed a contract to host VfL’s summer training camps until 30 June 2021, with the partnership already in effect as the club prepares for the forthcoming season.
"We are delighted to have signed a long-term partnership with one of the most attractive tourist regions in Europe," said Meeske. "The training camp here for our first team marks the start of a comprehensive marketing campaign via our regional, national and international communications channels, with which we intend to position Styria as the number one tourist location."
Glasner: "Ideal conditions"
"After two years and a number of meetings in Germany, we are proud that this partnership is now becoming a reality,” said Walizadeh. “VfL are bringing top-class football to Styria and attracting a whole host of fans and journalists to the region."
Glasner added: "This is an important partnership from a sporting point of view as well. Here in Schladming we have got ideal conditions, both in terms of the training pitches and the hotel. We feel right at home in this beautiful region and obviously hope that working together will encourage a good number of fans from Austria to come and see us in the Volkswagen Arena, and also that lots of people from Wolfsburg will visit Styria."