Bayern Munich to create training camp for refugee children
Bayern Munich is to create a training camp for refugee children while donating a further one million euro (£728,000) towards refugee projects in response to the European migrant crisis.
The Bundesliga club said youths attending the camp will be provided with German lessons, meals and football equipment.
Bayern players will walk out for their next home game, September 12 against Augsburg, holding hands with a German child on one side and a refugee child on the other "as a symbol for the integration of refugees".
More than 2,000 migrants arrived by train in Munich on Tuesday, when police said they were "overwhelmed" by donations from residents.
Some 800,000 migrants are expected to arrive in Germany this year, a fourfold increase on last year.
"We at FC Bayern consider it our socio-political responsibility to help displaced and needy children, women and men, supporting and assisting them in Germany," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement on the club's website.
Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) welcomed FC Bayern’s plans to help refugees: “This is a wonderful and exemplary programme which I fully welcome and support – another magnificent example of the willingness to help and welcoming culture in our country.”
Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter (SPD) commented:“FC Bayern is laying down an important marker and I am delighted with the club’s significant commitment. I have consequently also gladly pledged the support of the city of Munich.”