"For us as a club in the region, it is a matter of course to help other clubs from the extended area," says TSG communications director Christian Frommert, who had a significant role in initiating the idea. With the recent founding of the non-profit organisation "TSG helps", the Bundesliga club already have the required organisational structure in place after having set up an aid fund in mid-March to support clubs in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region that have fallen on hard times due to the Coronavirus crisis. "We are overwhelmed by the gratitude that the clubs in the region have shown us for this," says Frommert.
"TSG's engagement in our region has proved invaluable for the many clubs which depend on the work of volunteers. We are all the more pleased to receive such generous support now, in these difficult times, as we come to terms with how much we miss our beloved sport," says Friedbert Ohlheiser, vice chairman of FC Victoria Bammental, whose statement chimes with those made by other clubs to TSG.
The support fund is made up of salary waivers by TSG Hoffenheim's Bundesliga first team, the coaching and support team and club management, as well as donations from partners, fans, the youth teams and individuals, including TSG majority shareholder Dietmar Hopp. An independent committee of the club's charity "TSG helps" examines applications on the basis of a set of criteria, which, in addition to regional and social aspects, place emphasis on the values espoused by TSG Hoffenheim, such as the promotion of young talent, education, fairness, health and sustainability.
Clubs and individuals who find themselves in financial trouble or whose livelihood is threatened by the Corona pandemic can submit a simple online application. In addition, those who would like to support the charity with a donation will find all the information they need at www.tsg-hilft.de.