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Clubs step into the spotlight

Clubs encourage the formation and development of community in many different areas of life, such as in social, cultural, sports or educational spheres. They enable active recreational activities, thereby playing an important role in the socialisation of children and young adults or in the integration of new citizens. Zukunft Kommune 2010, with its focus on clubs and associations, conveys the importance of clubs for the health of a community. The specialist trade fair for clubs and associations, in collaboration with the online network meinverein.de, is also offering its own forum where questions relating to the law governing clubs and associations, management or even the organisation of clubs are turned into discussion points. There are already 12,000 clubs with a total of 600,000 members across the whole of Germany registered with meinverein.de online services, which has been active since October 2007.

Who will be “Club of the Year 2010”? We’ll find out in the course of a new competition which has been created by the website and the trade fair organisers to find the most innovative club in Germany. In order to ensure equal opportunities for all participants, entries are to be accepted in three main categories. A crucial factor in determining the winner will be a special, innovative social or cultural commitment to the common welfare. Jens Kremer, Project Leader of the Zukunft Kommune trade fair, explains the goal by stating, “We’re not looking at excellence in sporting terms or other such endeavours; we’re looking for clubs with particularly strong social commitments.” Interested parties can nominate their favourites by voting via the trade fair website or meinverein.de, thereby having a hand in determining the eventual winner.

komcup 2010 with Michael Stich

Having an attractive range of clubs is only made possible with the support of towns and communities. Employees in administration and local authority organisations will have the opportunity to fill their club coffers in a hands-on sporting environment for the first time under the banner of the Zukunft Kommune 2010 trade fair: The komcup – the first German charity football competition to directly benefit local clubs – will be held in the grounds of the Stuttgart trade fair. “The participating teams will take to the field in this competition, representing the clubs in their communities,” explains Jens Kremer. Their sporting endeavours may well be rewarded: there is an attractive 10,000 EUR in prize money up for grabs. The trade fair organiser will receive support in setting up and running komcup from meinverein.de as well as FC Global United. Tennis legend Michael Stich will be part of the team at komcup and will also be available at the trade fair as a contact person.

New Trade fair Structure: Everything is centred on the Market Place

The promotions and offers on the theme of an active club life are, however, most certainly not the only improvements and highlights at Zukunft Kommune 2010, the most important event for community decision makers in the southern Germany region. As a result of a new classification process which sees the trade fair divided into six themed areas, the fair now boasts a new structure which facilitates better navigation. The trade fair visitors – first and foremost mayors, chief administrators, district administrators, heads of department, treasurers, club and association representatives and line managers – are thereby able to target their specific area of interest and discover similar stands in the immediate vicinity.
The jewel in the crown of this new subdivision is the market place in the centre of the trade fair itself. The open area with seating opportunities can be used as a rest point on the one hand; on the other hand, it can also be used as a meeting and presentation point – for something such as the official opening of the trade fair on Tuesday 18 May with the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, Dr. Wolfgang Schuster. On the second day of the trade fair there will be a gathering of community heads at the official mayoral breakfast in the market place. The communal meal will sport the motto “From brunch to an economic stimulus package” and will serve as an informal exchange point of existing projects and future plans within current development opportunities.

public10: This is how a modern sports complex could look

A concrete vision of how construction and restoration projects could look is what is in store for interested parties at public10. With its numerous high-level contacts in the community, the second international trade fair for town planning and public interior design optimally enhances Zukunft Kommune 2010. Interested visitors to the fair can gain access to the complete range of what both trade fairs have to offer with an admission card. They are running simultaneously and have been designed to integrate seamless intersections. public10, which is primarily aimed at town planners, architects and landscape gardeners, also holds a treat in store for club representatives: there is an exercise forum specially dedicated to play areas and sports complex construction.

Further information on both trade fairs and the charity football competition can be found online at www.zukunft-kommune.de, www.komcup.de and www.public10.de.


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