FC Akron Togliatti is the first Russian club to join EFDN. We hope, that in cooperation with EFDN and its members, to adapt the best practises in CSR strategies and activities but also to put Russian football on the map.
We are a young and ambitious football club that aims to invest in youth development while, at the same time a purpose-driven football club with a strong focus on community service.
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 drought, there were massive forest fires that damaged more than 150 hectares of forest land. The management team of our club organised an event called “Save the 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, take some photos with them and receive some memorable gifts. Most active fans got signed jerseys as a gift.
We also regularly organise training sessions and different master-classes by players for children on public football grounds around Togliatti. It brings a lot of positive emotions to the participants, their parents, and helps to unite the local community. 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 hopes to participate in different events of the network. These include online webinars, the EFDN Conference, and also cooperation with other football clubs within the circle.
EFDN CEO Hubert Rovers: “We are very pleased to welcome FC Akron Togliatti as a new member to our network. FC Akron Togliatti might be a young club but they are a leading club in Russia regarding the development and promotion of their CSR strategy and values in which they show a lot of commitment and determination. As the first Russian side to join the EFDN, we are looking forward to a successful cooperation and happy to extend our network in Russia.”
Alexey Vlasov, FC Akron CEO: «It is important for us to achieve results not only on the football pitch, but also outside it. I am sure that cooperation with EFDN will allow us to adapt the best European practices and build a good community centred social responsibility programs in Togliatti.”
To find out more information about the initiatives of FC Akron Togliatti, please visit our member page here: https://www.efdn.org/blog/member/fc-akron-togliatti/