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BVB founders' church

Archdiocese of Paderborn and BVB committed to "BVB Founders' Church"

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As the place the club was founded, the Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church) on Borsigplatz has a close connection to Borussia Dortmund. The Archdiocese of Paderborn and BVB are now supporting the renovation of the church in a partnership between the church and civil society as part of the BVB-Gründerkirche (BVB Founders' Church) project. The renovation works are intended to be the starting point for the establishment of a shared centre for social projects.

On 19 December 1909, members of the Catholic youth association Dreifaltigkeit founded Borussia Dortmund. The connection between the church and the club still continues 114 years later. Every year, ecumenical church services are celebrated in Black & Yellow on the club's birthday and at the start of the season. In addition, the Archdiocese of Paderborn and Borussia Dortmund have been driving forward the renovation of the church since 2020 with the "BVB Founders’ Church - Faith, Love, Football" project. Since then, ideas haves been developed for both the structural renovation and the future use of the church. Foundations were laid in 2023 with preliminary structural planning, conceptual planning and the establishment of an association as a financing and advisory instrument. The "BVB Founders’ Church" is a project conceived by BVB member of staff Olaf Suplicki, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2024 and is unfortunately no longer able to realise his vision.

More than a football club

BVB co-founder Franz Jacobi said: ‘The quality of a football club is reflected in how it fulfils its social responsibilities.’ Through this project, BVB are continuing to honour their social mission. "If there is a football club that stands for social responsibility, it is Borussia Dortmund. We are engaged in Dortmund and internationally. That is in the club's DNA,’ says managing director Carsten Cramer, going on to add: "We want to preserve a piece of memory. Bringing people together, a place of reflection, peace and tranquillity - that's what the church should be."

Starting in summer 2024, the Trinity Church building will be redeveloped for its new role. The church will remain a place of worship and religious space, which can host a larger or smaller congregation depending on the nature of the event. A new meeting area is to be created in the centre of the church. In addition, an exhibition will be designed which focuses on the origins of BVB and the congregation, the contemporary history of the church and BVB, not to mention both partners' vision for the future.

The "BVB Founders’ Church" is also set to become the centre for a number of social and community projects. The programme will include language courses, educational fairs, a green classroom, a lunch table for senior citizens, a games library and much more. The first programmes have already been put in place. Special religious meetings and liturgies are also planned. The project is already being presented with a new image on a revamped website and on social media during the renovation period. Updates will also be shared via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in the future.

"Giving people a space, giving them the feeling that you are listening to them, that you are paying attention to them, combined with the knowledge that the space has a very special meaning, that's what drives us. We are able to use football to facilitate access to this space," says Carsten Cramer about Borussia Dortmund's involvement in the BVB-Gründerkirche project.