Eintracht Frankfurt Pausenliga
Pausenliga is a school sport project by Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. conducted at fourteen local schools, among one school for hearing impaired and one school for mentally handicapped children. Once a week the gym or schoolyard is turned into a stadium where three- and four-graders compete in several exciting games. The matches are held in the breaks to prevent them from interfering with lessons. Each class is handed a free set of matching Pausenliga-T-Shirts along with schedules and charts to note down current scores and ranks. The children are throughout supervised by certified trainers of Eintracht Frankfurt which put most effort in the kids being excited, having fun as well as promoting their sense of community and teaching them it is all about fair play.
One of the seasons special events is the semi-annual awards ceremony: Participants receive certificates and the challenge cup is handed over. Frequently by famous Eintracht Frankfurt football players and the clubs President Peter Fischer. Several times a year classes are picked (e.g. the fairest one) and given the opportunity to not only watch the professional or youth team play but to be a match day mascot and escort the players on the way to the pitch. In the afternoon ‘Eintracht Ballschule’ is offered as part of the schools extracurricular activities. In addition every Pausenliga participant is invited to get a free membership to try out the diverse sport offers.
Since the beginning of 2007, Eintracht Frankfurt had the opportunity to move more than 35.000 kids.