VfL players and staff got up close to the supporters on Sunday 25 November as they visited various fan clubs in the region during the club’s eighth annual ‘Fan Club Day’. Managing director Jörg Schmadtke visited the ‘Hehlinger Tennenwölfe’, sporting director Marcel Schäfer was a guest at the Volkswagen Fanclub e.V. and head coach Bruno Labbadia was welcomed by the Aller-Ohre-Wölfe. William and Paul Seguin had the longest journey, travelling around 150km to the Fanclub BramwaldWölfe in Bühren.
“Valuable for both parties”
“I think it’s very important that we have a dialogue with our fans,” commented Schmadtke. “At events like today, you can get a sense of what’s important to the fans and what they care about. The intimate communication presents you with things – maybe even problems – that perhaps you can’t always resolve but you can at least think about. In that sense, the Fan Club Day is valuable for both parties.”
“Always something special”
Sporting director Schäfer, who until now had only experienced Fan Club Day as a player, spoke following his visit to the Volkswagen Fanclub e.V.: “Whether as a player or now as sporting director, these events with our fans were and are always something special for me because they bring us a bit closer to them in a different environment and allow us to give them something back for their support. This interaction is hugely important to all of us and I look forward to it every year. What the fans put on for us and how much enthusiasm they always show is great.”
“A successful day”
For the players, the Fan Club Day was an important opportunity to say thank you to the fans. Yannick Gerhardt, who attended the Grenzenlose Wolfsburger fan club, summarised the day: “We always have the backing of our fans, so it’s very important for us to come and surprise them. The programme was great, the time went very quickly and we had a lot of fun – a successful day all round.”
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