In a demonstration of solidarity during these tough times, VfL first-teamers Daniel Ginczek and John Anthony Brooks went out on a Volkswagen factory visit in Wolfsburg at the end of last week. The Wolves players chatted with members of the plant’s fire department and health centre about the current exceptional circumstances. Admir Mehmedi and Koen Casteels, meanwhile, looked in on the sales to employees department of the ‘Autostadt’ visitor centre.
Sticking together in tough times
“It’s great to see the players taking an interest in what we are doing. It shows how we all identify with Volkswagen here in Wolfsburg and how we are sticking together during these tough times,” said Dr Lars Nachbar, head of the Group’s health department. The Green-and-Whites gave their colleagues an interesting insight into how their daily lives have been over the past few weeks. Ginczek spoke of how much he enjoyed the fact that he and his teammates had been allowed to train in small groups out on the pitch for the past few days, after weeks of having to work on their own. “It’s not easy at the moment, but we’re giving it all we’ve got,” the forward explained, saying that the aim was to be fully fit whenever the Bundesliga season gets under way again.
Fitness is also an important aspect of life for the company’s fire department employees – and not just during the current pandemic, with the firefighters already involved in some 2,700 interventions this year. Ginczek and Brooks were given an exclusive guided tour of the department’s fitness centre.
Jerseys instead of autographs
To keep the risk of infection as minimal as possible, the two VfL players did not sign autographs as is usually the case, and the employees had to do without the normally sought-after photos. Instead, both Ginczek and Brooks and Casteels and Mehmedi, who incidentally all wore face masks during their visits, brought signed jerseys with them as gifts for them to leave behind – a gesture that naturally went down very well with the Volkswagen workers.
Watch the Video of the Visit