Start of the season for TSU Förthof Hafnerbach
DER FÖRTHOF sponsors the TSU Förthof Hafnerbach football club. Erich Erber, founder and president of the SAN Group, to which DER FÖRTHOF also belongs, is particularly keen to support this small club. Why? Born and raised in Korning, a district of Hafnerbach, the community and the football club are still close to his heart. Erber has been supporting the club financially for three years.
Cellar master Annika Hoffmann took part at the start of the season on March 12, 2022 and asked Michael Ixenmaier, the club's chairman, how the partnership came about and what the club uses the sponsorship for. "After a business lecture Erich Erber gave at Hafnerbach’s village inn, we started a conversation with him." It was immediately clear to Erber that the association needed to be supported in order to be able to invest in work with children and youths.
Renewing the infrastructure: clubhouse, floodlights, and irrigation system
Ixenmaier, who is already supporting the club for the seventh year as chairman, says that increasingly fewer children can be encouraged to participate in sports. This is why a lot of football clubs are closing their doors forever. You have to put a lot of time, money, and love into the club to make it work in the long run. But after thirty years of club membership, to him it’s worth it: "I've been playing football ever since I can remember, the club is my second home." For him it’s important to make the club attractive in order to encourage more children and, as a result, more children's and youth coaches to take part. "We are currently investing the DER FÖRTHOF sponsorship primarily in the infrastructure. Together with the tennis and music clubs, we are working on a modern clubhouse. We are responsible for the interior furnishings. An irrigation system and a partial renewal of the floodlight system are also in the works."
Looking into the future
In 47 years, the club has never managed to move up. "That should change this year!" says Ixenmaier, who is pleased with the top finishes of the past two years, which unfortunately had to be interrupted due to the coronavirus. "It would be great to start the season in August in the next higher league - and in the new clubhouse," - because it would already be finished by then. "In September, there will be the big opening ceremony," says Ixenmaier, happily looking forward to the future of the club.
We are happy to support TSU Förthof Hafnerbach and thus create added value for the region.