73 teenagers from 30 countries trained like professionals at FC Bayern München as the International football youth program of Allianz took place last week with enormous fun had by all.
The eighth Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) took place from August 25-30, 2016, at the training grounds of German giants Bayern.
A total of 73 football enthusiasts aged 14 to 16 from 30 different countries took part in the unforgettable experience.
New countries represented were Argentina, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. Due to the numerous applications from Asia, a regional pre-selection camp was organized in Indonesia in July.
“Over the past eight years, the Allianz Junior Football Camp has received over 450,000 applicants. We have welcomed more than 500 participants from 35 countries in total. The Camp has long become a successful program for young talents from around the world,” said Oliver Kraus, Global Sponsoring Manager at Allianz SE, before the camp.
“Our participants have the opportunity to gather once in a lifetime experiences both on and off the football field. Allianz is proud to be a part of this adventure and to help these young athletes fulfil their dreams and goals.”
For a total of six days, the 73 lucky boys and girls were trained by the Bayern youth coaches. They not only helped them improve their technical skills, but also their mental strength and team spirit.
In addition to the intensive football training and tournament, the Allianz Junior Football Camp participants were offered an entertaining program, including a behind the scenes tour of the Allianz Arena and a visit to the opening Bundesliga match between Bayern and SV Werder Bremen.
One of the highlights for the football enthusiasts was meeting their Bayern heroes Xabi Alonso, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Renato Sanches, who were out to inspire the 14 girls and 59 boys to trust one another and to pursue their goals with courage and perseverance.
As in the previous camps, the boys and girls, including two teenagers from an SOS Children’s Village, all trained together.
Allianz has been a global partner of the SOS Children’s Villages since the beginning of the year, hoping to provide young individuals with better opportunities and networks.