Leverkusen have offered XXL fans an all-round provision in the areas of exercise and diet since January 2017. As the first professional club in Germany, Bayer 04 established a separate course for female Werkself fans. The free training and advice course lasts for a total of 12 weeks. Jennifer Weber (Club) and Frank Linde (Fan liaison) together with their team from Bayer 04 have invested a lot of time, work and, above all, passion in this project.
"You have to pay a big compliment to the organisers. How successful their work is, is evident from the results year after year. The lives of many of the participants have changed at a stroke after the course," said Meinolf Sprink, the fans/community director at Bayer 04 after the award given to the programme for "outstanding achievements and projects in the area of German health care." There are people have completed the course who went on to take part in half marathons.
After 12 weeks under the direction of club employees, the participants register encouraging results – but that's not all. Bayer 04 regularly organise get-togethers so that the FFIT community grows year by year. Sprink: "That means people stay in contact and motivate each other to carry on."
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the FFIT organisers have endeavoured to keep the participants being together even if that's through different means by force of circumstance and also continually in observance of the rules set by the authorities. For example, a group met in Neuland Park in the summer and there is regular online training. The aim is always to provide the best possible support for Werkself fans on their way to health and fitness.
Bayer 04 will announce future events via the club platforms at the appropriate time.
The ‘Fußballfans im Training’ (FFIT) project was established in the 2016/17 season for XXL fans in Germany's top two divisions and carried out in cooperation with the Institute for Therapy and Health Research (IFT North) and the German cancer research organisation. The aim for FFIT in Germany is to gain the support of as many clubs as possible and involve a huge number of fans. As a balanced diet, less weight and greater fitness have a number of positive effects: In addition to an improved feeling of wellbeing and more energy there is also a reduced risk of contracting cancer.
Bayer 04 welcomed 14 media representatives from Africa on Friday, 1 December. The trip for journalists from the likes of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mozambique, Togo, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Togo was organised by the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) with the goal of establishing and promoting Africa as a new target market for the Bundesliga.Show more
Bayer 04 has modernised its media working area in the stands at the BayArena and equipped it with new, multifunctional monitors. The 50 screens will be used for the first time for the fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13 in the Bundesliga next Sunday, 3 December (kick-off: 17:30 CET) and offer the media representatives working at the BayArena on matchday numerous possibilities.Show more
Bayer 04 have little time to recover from their 2-0 win away at Häcken in the UEFA Europe League, ensuring progress to the round of 16, before their next challenge up against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday (17:30 CET). At his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, head coach Xabi Alonso spoke about BVB and gave a warning about not losing focus.Show more
Spirits are high at Borussia Dortmund following their impressive display and result away at AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. On Sunday (17:30 CET), they want to keep an impressive week going with another scalp in Leverkusen. Here’s the lowdown on our next opponents.Show more