Successful coaches’ congress from BDFL at Wolfsburg

The recent 58th ITK (International Coaches’ Congress) hosted by BDFL, the German football coaches’ association, was a great success once more. Some 900 football coaches from 24 countries, including a delegation of eight  AEFCA representatives headed by President Walter Gagg, were highly pleased with the content provided, taking home many significant findings to be used in practice sessions in their clubs. The congress theme, i.e. “fundamental coaching requirements for success in football”, was highlighted and outlined to the expert audience in a total of thirteen lectures, including four practical demonstrations at the new AOK football ground.

Among the most well-known speakers were Hansi Flick, sports director with the German football association, Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national squad, Prof. Dr Tim Meyer, team physician of the German national squad, and Markus Hörwick, media director of FC Bayern München, the club holding the record of German championship titles. Traditionally, the interview with a coach as well as the panel debate on the changing responsibilities of a coach featured among the highlights of the congress this year. The interview was held with Dieter Hecking (member of the BDFL board), the coach of incumbent German cup winner VfL Wolfsburg. Markus Hörwick and Dieter Hecking also participated in the panel debate where they were joined by Thomas Schaaf (former coach of SV Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt), Jörg Schmadtke (sports director with 1. FC Köln) and Bernd Stöber (the man in charge of coaches’ education with the German football association).

Having been elected coach of the year by kicker, a German football magazine, at the beginning of the week, Dieter Hecking received a poster signed by all congress participants from the BDFL presidential board represented by Lutz Hangartner and Manfred Schaub. For BDFL, the Wolfsburg congress served the purpose of maintaining the high level of continuing coaches’ education in Germany. “We are convinced to have given the participating coaches many significant findings that will be very important and helpful to them in their day-to-day work,” Lutz Hangartner, the President of BDFL, said.

In the course of BDFL’s annual general meeting, Lutz was re-elected for a term of office of three years along with all other members of the board and presidential board of BDFL.

“In closing the congress, we would like to thank the city of Wolfsburg and, in particular, its mayor Klaus Mohrs and his team, football club VfL Wolfsburg headed by Klaus Allofs, Volkswagen AG, and CongressPark Wolfsburg. The BDFL will keep very good memories of the time spent in Wolfsburg, and will be pleased to come back,” Lutz Hangartner, the old and new President of BDFL, said.

BDFL’s next International Coaches’ Congress will be held in Fulda from 25 to 27 July 2016.

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