FC Akron Togliatti
FC Akron Togliatti has been founded in 2018 and plays in the Russian Football National League, the second tier of the Russian football pyramid. They are a young and ambitious football club that aims to invest in youth development while being at the same moment a purpose-driven football club with a strong focus on cooperation with the local community.
Togliatti itself is a unique town that was built along the river Volga with three main city districts divided from one another by a forest. Unfortunately, during the summer of 2021, due to high temperatures outside and rain deficit, there were massive forest fires that damaged more than 150 hectares of forest. The management team of FC Akron Togliatti organised an event called “safe forest together”. On this day players and coaches together with fans of FC Akron went to plant new trees in the forest. During this meetup, fans could not only enjoy the process of planting a tree but also speak with players, make some photos with them and receive some memorable gifts. Most active fans got signed jerseys as a gift.
Other CSR-related activities that FC Akron regularly arrange, are training sessions and different master-classes by their players for children on the public football grounds all around Togliatti. Such events take place on a regular basis. It brings a lot of positive emotions to the participants, their parents, and of course, it helps to unite the local citizens around the team. Also, players lead the young generation by their own example and show that football is available for everyone.
The club hopes to add value to the EFDN network by sharing its local initiatives and cooperating with other football clubs within the EFDN circle.