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Fotos: Björn Hänssler 
For the approximately 100 guests at the formal handover ceremony for Learning in Stadiums, the garden of the Robert Bosch Stiftung was transformed into a soccer stadium.
At the “Transfer Market,” the learning centers offered insights into their work.
So far there are 17 centers of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, Nürnberg and Stuttgart.
After eight years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has handed the “captain’s armband” over to the DFL Stiftung, which will be the project’s primary sponsor as of 2018. The organization Aktion Mensch has been involved since 2014 as an expert partner on the subject of social inclusion. Beginning next year, the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) will also support Learning in Stadiums through its financial sponsorship. From left to right: Ottilie Bälz (Robert Bosch Stiftung), Uta-Micaela Dürig (Robert Bosch Stiftung), Bettina Bundszus-Cecere (BMFSFJ), Birger Schmidt (Lernort Stadion e.V.), Thomas Stephany (Aktion Mensch), Jörg Degenhart (DFL-Stiftung).
Birger Schmidt (right) is the chairman of Lernort Stadion e.V., together with the DFL Foundation, the association supports new learning centres from the establishment to the association membership.
Dr. Kurt W. Liedtke, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, has been familiar with Learning in Stadiums since the idea for the project was formulated eight years ago. He is delighted to see the project becoming self-sufficient through Lernort Stadion e.V.
What are the social responsibilities of professional soccer? This was the question discussed by (from left to right) Ronny Blaschke, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Bettina Bundszus-Cecere, and Ingo Schiller, moderated by Mitri Sirin.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, a former professional soccer player turned soccer official, would like to see more publicity around players who are involved in social causes – and not just around scandals in the soccer world.
How tolerant are soccer stadiums? What is the status of gender equality in the soccer world? How can "Learning in Stadiums" help with the integration of refugees? Patron Oliver Welke responded to questions from young people in a video message.