Munich sports policy: Appeal in the Old Town Hall

Munich sports policy: Appeal in the Old Town Hall

The city invests a lot in sports, finds the city. Not all club representatives share this view. At a reception, the actors mainly promote communication.

Every bar table is occupied in the ballroom of the Old Town Hall on Marienplatz. After the speeches and honors, pork fillet with spaetzle, fish snacks and balls filled with mousse-au-chocolat and small panna cotta cakes are served in the mouths. Under the huge chandelier, the city of Munich also invited to a special meeting on this Tuesday evening – the annual reception for the Munich sports clubs and organizations. Verena Dietl (SPD), city councilor, spokeswoman for sport and the representative for her short-term ill colleagues and sports mayor Christine Strobl, makes clear in her opening and thank-you speech: "We do a lot for the sport in Munich That's a lot of money, maybe you'll see the same. " Hesitant applause. After all, not all top representatives of the now 711 sports clubs in Munich with their 585 000 members are of the same opinion.

The city recently invested heavily in sports, through a triad of action: With their ambitious construction program, they are renovating and renovating many municipal free and district sports facilities; It invests in major projects such as the new Actionsporthalle in the former harrow factory, the renovation of the Dantestadion and the redesign of the partially dilapidated, now under monument protection Olympiaregattaanlage in Oberschleißheim; and she gives grants and loans for new club buildings.

At the same time, the clubs must bring together the massive influx, scarce space and already expensive rents, the result: more and more clubs complain about recording stops, not a few train and play in facilities in need of renovation. And some, like the chess club Sendling, have acute space problems. The sponsor Caritas had terminated the premises of the SC at the end of the year, says club chairman Jens Nissen, who also wants to exchange views with representatives of the city and other clubs this evening.

However, not a few associations have just found cooperation with the city rather grueling in the past. A few clubs have recently joined forces to create a community of interest, wanting less bureaucracy in infrastructure projects and generally a new culture of collaboration. Also because the communication with the city is evidently expandable. That Dietl also picks up this ball and starts an appeal is part of the quite solemn, respectful atmosphere. "We'll take care of the problems for you, let us pull together in the future and talk to each other instead of over each other."

Dietl has also left a praise for FC Bayern, who in 2018 waived € 70,000 in maintenance subsidies for club-owned facilities such as the Allianz Arena and the Youth Campus – the money will also go to 133 other Munich clubs, which will be around three this year Receive millions of such urban grants. Looking at the rather men-heavy (and not necessarily youthful) round Dietl says that they can only "encourage the ladies" to push more into the boards of the clubs, where there are at least 43.6 percent female members. The honors show this vacancy quite clearly. Whether Norbert Kreitl (SVN Munich), Josef Kröll (SV 1880 Munich), Josef Wäsler (Sports Association Stadtsparkasse Munich, all honor pin in gold), Alfred Schaller (1st Munich Club for balancing and health sports, honor needle in bronze) or the longtime chairman of the Sports Advisory Board, Hans-Ulrich Hesse (medal Munich lights up) and Landesschützenmeister Wolfgang Kink (Goldener Ehrenring): Not a single woman breaks through this phalanx of deserving sports-loving men.

After all: It is then even in the informal setting much talk, the evening lasts much longer than three hours. City councils communicate with club chairmen, and the initiators of the critical community of interest also talk to the outgoing sports office director Günter Schwarz. Schwarz, who retires in December, had previously been touched by the warm words that hostess Dietl addressed in his honor to the club representatives – along with a small laugh, she had not known that he had even worked in the registry office Unfortunately, he will not be able to celebrate his 50th anniversary.

"48 years and four months I'm now in the service of the city, of which 29 in the sports department," says Schwarz himself, who also speaks of many "communication problem" between clubs and sports office, but still burning for his cause. Where he sees the sport in the future? "We have to think about going to the rooftops," says Schwarz. The prospects could be worse.

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