St Pauli to start nursing youngsters
Bundesliga side St Pauli are set to claim a world's first on Monday when they open a nursery for their youngest fans at the club's Hamburg stadium.
St Pauli, whose logo is the skull and crossbones, hail from Hamburg's port district and have forged a cult following in Germany. Now the club are set to offer their fans a creche.
From Monday, the nursery, dubbed the 'Pirate's Nest', will open for business at St Pauli's Millerntor Stadium which will be able to accomodate up to 100 children up to six years old.
On matchdays, the club's nursery will host their fans' children and with the creche overlooking the pitch, the young supporters can also cheer on their side.
St Pauli, 13th in the Bundesliga and set to host Leverkusen on Saturday, are not the first German league side to offer their fans unusual services.
Arch-rivals Hamburg have opened a cemetery for their fans to be buried within a goal-kick of the stadium.
And Hanover have a delivery room, decorated in team colours, so their fans can support their team literally from birth.