• Fourth Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp held since 2016 brings top-class youth soccer training to China
• Around 180 children are participating in the 2019 camp
• Promoting the development of Chinese youth is a focus of Audi China’s CSR efforts
Beijing, August 7, 2019 – The Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp 2019 welcomes around 180 children to experience professional soccer training today. The nine-day sports camp is co-hosted by Audi China and Germany’s largest club-based soccer school, Audi FC Ingolstadt Soccer Academy, and gives 6- to 13-old children the opportunity to learn from professional coaches of the AUDI AG-sponsored soccer club FC Ingolstadt 04.
It is the fourth time Audi China is collaborating with the Audi FC Ingolstadt Soccer Academy to bring top-class international soccer professionals to China to promote the development of youth soccer. More than 600 children have benefited since the first Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp was held in 2016.
“Programs such as the Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp show the importance we place on the support and promotion of young talents in China. This is a cornerstone of the Audi China corporate social responsibility strategy,” said Gaby-Luise Wüst, President of Audi China.
Over the next few days, the children will benefit from the advanced teaching techniques of the top coaches from FC Ingolstadt. “This will certainly continue to improve their competence in this sport, support their fitness as well as enhance their abilities to work as a team,” Dr. Michael Wilkes, Director of Corporate Communications at Audi China, said. “Team spirit plays a fundamental role in the Audi China DNA; we are happy to promote this key value through the training of youth soccer talents in China and accelerate the overall development of Chinese soccer.”
Participants in the Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp 2019 include young soccer talents from various local schools as well as children of Audi China and Volkswagen Group China employees.
“Since the development of youth soccer is one of FC Ingolstadt’s main objectives, we are proud to have reliable partners such as Audi China to achieve our goals in China. For the fourth consecutive year we will give Chinese talents the opportunity to gain valuable experience by training with coaches from a professional German soccer club. The Audi FC Ingolstadt Soccer Camp series fits perfectly with the clubs’ long-term internationalization strategy,” said Franz Spitzauer, CEO of FC Ingolstadt.
The Audi FC Ingolstadt Beijing Soccer Camp aims to attract young people to participate in soccer through a variety of activities. It also expands the training methods for soccer talents and lays a solid foundation for discovering and cultivating more future talents for the sport. Audi China will continue to deepen its efforts to support the development of young Chinese soccer talents and grow the popularity of the sport among China’s youth.
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