Between red and white flags, surrounded by football fields: this is where you will find the ideal place to go to university.
VfB Stuttgart Akademie presents itself in a pitch.
By Luca Wodtke
The idea for an own VfB Akademie was born
VfB Stuttgart Akademie was initially created with a view to the club itself. The basic idea was to create opportunities for young athletes as well as licensed players of VfB Stuttgart to develop a second professional foothold during their sporting careers. Especially against the background that only about 2-3 percent of junior players make the leap into a professional career in football, this offer receives its particular relevance. If junior footballers decide to take part in an in-service training program in addition to their vocational training at VfB Stuttgart, they often lacked suitable offers in the past. Existing free-market offerings often do not provide the flexibility of time and place that professional athletes need to reconcile work and education – this is true of football and many other sports. That’s why the association has developed its own profile of requirements and started looking for suitable partners.
Partners – who they are, how they came, and why they matter
The result is a network for education that offers many opportunities not only to athletes but to all those who are interested in the VfB Stuttgart Akademie’s offer, paying particular attention to the needs of professionals. This convinced Allianz AG, which not only financially supports the Academy but also provides direct support with its know-how in the field of training and further education. The globally active insurer offer’s Academy participants, among other things, several-week internships that are flexible in terms of time, in order to give them an initial insight into the daily work routine at Allianz.
Along with Allianz AG, we are also proud to count the Kolping-Bildungswerk Württemberg e. V. and the Stuttgart Johann Friedrich von Cotta School to our partners. Both are educational institutions with which VfB Stuttgart has already successfully cooperated with junior high school graduates and gained important experience for the Academy.
In addition to Allianz AG as a sponsor of the Academy, Daimler AG, the IHK Region Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Chamber of Crafts and Trades are also involved under the umbrella of the VfB Stuttgart Akademie. All together – educational institutions and companies – pursue the goal of training highly motivated specialists for the local economy.
How to enroll
Each course has a link to the direct registration with the cooperating universities. Each educational partner has its own criteria for enrolling students, which are discussed in the direct exchange between the interested student and the university. The student becomes a participant in the VfB Stuttgart Akademie after successfully registering for a degree program and can thus benefit from the numerous advantages.
Our innovative programmes
With the SRH Fernhochschule – the mobile university, the BW Business School, and the University of Applied Sciences Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU), three experienced universities guarantee a first-class range of part-time and full-time study courses. The selection of study programs is a deliberately selected mix of general courses of study such as business administration or psychology, study courses related to sports such as sports management or health economics as well as topics of the future, which can be found, for example, in the study program “Digital Transformation Management” at BW Business School. This is to ensure that both students who aspire to a profession related to sports, as well as competitive athletes who are looking for a second professional career beyond the sport, find in the Academy offers. With their portfolio of certificate courses, the VfB Stuttgart Akademie, together with the universities, creates the opportunity to acquire ECTS credits piece by piece, which can later be credited towards a corresponding degree program.
A special highlight is the degree program “MBA Leadership and Sports Management”, in short, “VfB Master”, which is offered by the HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen and can only be studied in cooperation with the VfB Stuttgart Akademie. Experts from VfB Stuttgart are also involved in the preparation of the contents and implementation of the degree program as well as in the framework program of the Academy. With its exclusive supporting program, which is open to all those who use one of the educational offers, the VfB Stuttgart Akademie creates real added value. Academy participants can thus benefit from the extensive VfB network and at the same time get into contact and exchange with other Academy participants.
Not an athlete? No problem!
It goes without saying that the VfB Stuttgart Akademie’s comprehensive education program is open to all groups of people. We would like to support job seekers who want to continue their education alongside their work or companies that are looking for suitable training opportunities for their employees, with targeted offers.
Study and work – possible at the VfB Stuttgart Akademie
Due to the flexible design of the courses in part or full time, the study program is especially suitable for students who want to work alongside their studies.