1. FC Köln have become the first Bundesliga club to enter a partnership with the Goethe Institute outside of Europe. The aim is to exchange expertise and football skills through professional training for Algerian coaches. For this purpose, FC will offer various workshops in Köln as well as online training. The co-operation is planned for two years, and is to be expanded to other countries if possible. In the project with the Goethe Institute and the Foreign Office, values such as team spirit, fair play, tolerance and equality should be conveyed through sport.
FC managing director, Alexander Wehrle said: “We are delighted that we are the first Bundesliga club to work there with the Goethe Institute. Therefore, in this way, we can not only introduce more people to FC but also help to convey important social values and norms abroad.”
“For the first time, the Goethe Institute has the opportunity to create an exciting project partnership outside of Europe with a Bundesliga club. We are very happy to be able to reach as many coaches and football loving youngsters as possible with a competent and prominent partner like 1. FC Köln in Algeria,” said Klaus Brodersen, Institute head of the Goethe Institute in Algiers.
At the start of the week, three Algerian coaches are in Köln for a five-day workshop. In addition to training in theoretical content, they also gain insights into practical work at Geißbockheim and sit in with coaches for the FC women's teams, among other things. In addition, the project includes online training courses for Algerian trainers in which topics such as tactics, team management, fair play and moral courage are discussed. If the situation allows, football camps are also planned in Algeria for the coming year. Under the guidance of coaches from the FC Football School, girls and boys from socially disadvantaged backgrounds are to receive qualified football training.
The Goethe Institute is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany that operates worldwide. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural co-operation. The institute has around 160 liaison offices and foreign institutes in almost 100 countries. In addition, the institute has a further 1,000 foreign co-operation partners worldwide.
In North Africa, the Goethe Institute runs various co-operation programmes with the Federal Foreign Office, which are aimed primarily at reaching young people and civil society. The aim is to create an intercultural dialogue with regard to topics such as tolerance, gender equality, non-violence or fair play through sport and especially through football.