DRIBBLE KIDS: From the school yard to the UEFA Champions League or NBA

  • Joint school project between FC Austria Vienna and Vienna D.C. Timberwolves receives the
    Integration Prize
  • UniCredit Bank Austria supports the youth project and hosts the finals

The partner clubs FC Austria Vienna and Vienna D.C. Timberwolves put their "DRIBBLE KIDS" school project into action over the past school year together with support from UniCredit Bank Austria. In unified teams, well over 1,000 children have been able to dive into football and basketball in the past few months, with the help of trainers from both sports. These school (gym) classes of a somewhat different sort inspired 10 to 14 year-olds.

DRIBBLE KIDS has the goal of playfully encouraging integration through basketball and football in order to help young people positively deal with the new and unknown. The project was awarded the "Sport
Integration Prize" by the Austrian Integration Fund 2017.

The final highlight of this school year is, as was the case last year, the day of the finals, which is taking place on Monday 11 June at the UniCredit Center in Kaiserwasser. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., around 200 pupils who have participated in DRIBBLE KIDS Teams over the past few months will take part in playful indoor and outdoor competitions for a total of 20 cups. The most impressive talents will win free membership at one of the two clubs, and all the kids receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

Jürgen Kullnigg, Board Member of UniCredit Bank Austria, Markus Kraetschmer, CEO of FC Austria Vienna, and Otto Wurzinger, Vice President of Vienna D.C. Timberwolves will open and attend the final. It is overseen by trainers from the clubs and pupils from the FIRST VIENNESE BALLSPORT ACADEMY.

"Commitment to children and young people is highly important to UniCredit Bank Austria. Through supporting DRIBBLE KIDS we are able to introduce the boys and girls to basketball and football in a fun and playful manner, as well as generally encouraging the joy of exercise. And all with the support of 2 top Austrian teams. I wish all participants much success and, above all, fun in the finals at Kaiserwasser!" exclaims Jürgen Kullnigg, Risk Director for UniCredit Bank Austria.

Markus Kraetschmer, CEO FC Austria Vienna, adds: "I am delighted that both clubs have been so heavily involved via their development coaches in order to once more facilitate this project that integrates and playfully combines football and basketball. With this cooperation with the schools we have managed to create a real showcase of a project."

"The project offers many pupils between the ages of 10 and 14 the chance to prove their talents and choose between football and basketball. As a result we are creating a perfect junction between hobby and club sports," says Otto Wurzinger, Vice President of Vienna D.C. Timberwolves.
The event is accompanied by, among other things, a high-quality TV report and countless photos.

About the teams: The 21-time Austrian football champions FC Austria Vienna, in the development program of which, among others, Bavarian star David Alaba learnt his trade, and the Vienna D.C. Timberwolves, who trained Austria's first NBA player, Jakob Pöltl for seven years, belong to the top training addresses in Austrian ballgames. In addition to other avenues, the clubs cooperate via the FIRST VIENNESE BALLSPORT ACADEMY.

Location for the finals: http://kaiserwasser.unicreditcenter.at

Enquiries: UniCredit Bank Austria press office
Volker Moser, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 – 52809
Email: Volker.moser@unicreditgroup.at