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Junge Fußballspieler sitzen in einem Minibus

Shuttling talent

15/10/2019

Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach relies on MAN to transport its professionals. The club's next generation now also has its own fleet of TGE minibuses. This benefits all sides.

The fleet

 

"Talents produce foals" is emblazoned on the new minibuses for the next generation at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Twenty TGEs are deployed almost daily for use by the young footballers. Each individual bus travels up to a hundred kilometres to pick the players up from their homes. There are also the trips to training camps and matches, often several hundred kilometres away. Safety plays an important role here: the minibuses are equipped with all available assistance systems and safety features. So the youths arrive safely at training and back home again.

The training

 

Niklas Swider is one of the almost hundred players to be picked up by the Borussia transport service. He lives with his family in Neuss, about a half hour's drive from the training grounds at the stadium. "Until last year my parents drove me to training", says the twelve-year-old, who has played at the club for over four years. The transport service is a great relief for his family, because the time spent on journeys is a massive effort especially for working parents.

The driver

 

The bus with bus driver Bodo Flemming is still empty as it draws up at Niklas' front door, but it soon fills up with around six other players. They play in various teams at Borussia Mönchengladbach. "A real friendship has developed here, even if they don't play in the same team – they're together in the bus twice a day after all. The mood is always good", he says.

The Minibus

 

Flexible, comfortable, powerful: the TGE Intercity is developed specifically for the needs of interurban transport. A rail system in the floor makes it easy to arrange the seats, while an electric sliding door and electrically extendible step ensure easy entry and exit. Another plus: a more powerful two-litre diesel engine with 177 horsepower.

The players

 

The girls' teams at Borussia Mönchengladbach also benefit from the buses. Most of the players come from the surrounding area, so they aren't dependent on a transport service to get to training. They use the TGEs for the often long trips to championship games or tournaments. "If we use the buses to travel to matches it often takes three to four hours", states Aryana Rashidi, who plays for the U13 team at Borussia. They pass the time with music and games. "But everyone becomes calmer shortly before our destination, because we know the game is coming up."

Text Britta Klasen
Photos Gene Glover

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