The Dortmund-based technology group Wilo has been a Champion Partner of Borussia Dortmund for more than a decade. As is well known, it has also been a Sustainability Partner of BVB since this year. This close cooperation is now experiencing increasing interconnectedness: going forward, Wilo will support the BVB women's handball team too.
"Through this involvement, we're strengthening our successful partnership with Borussia Dortmund beyond football," explained Marco Stapelmann, Head of Corporate Marketing at the Wilo Group.
It has been an eventful period for the BVB women's handball department. Since allegations against ex-coach André Fuhr came to light, BVB has restructured the department almost in its entirety. Henk Groener took over as the new head coach back in October, while Rupert Thiele has been in charge of the department on an interim basis since October too.
By setting the course for the sporting future of the women's handball team, Wilo is supporting BVB and its players. "In these difficult times, we want to make a statement to promote responsibility and transparency in sports," said Stapelmann. While it is important that the club processes the events in full: "It is equally important that the players can look to the future without any burden and focus on their passion for the sport again."
Managing Director Carsten Cramer expressed his thanks for the trust that is being shown: "It highlights Wilo as the strong partner we know from football that the company is standing by our side, especially at this time, and that it is working with us to promote important values in professional sport through its additional commitment to handball. It also proves that the partnership with Wilo is truly holistic – from football to handball to matters of sustainability – and that these issues are considered very important by both sides in their shared home city of Dortmund."