Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Federal Minister Schroder takes over patronage, Commerzbank become Official Supporter

With 236 days to go until the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™, the official tournament volunteers have been given a boost with the news that one of Germany's most prominent personalities will be lending her support. Federal Minister for Families Dr. Kristina Schroder has taken over patronage of the Volunteer Programme for the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup to be held on German soil.

"It's a great honour for us that the Federal Minister for Families has agreed to support the volunteers project in 2011. Her engagement is proof of the social responsibility our country is showing in regard to the 2011 Women's World Cup, which after all should be an occasion for the whole family," said OC President Steffi Jones.

“Volunteers from over 100 countries have already applied, which points out the unique fascination of football worldwide. I’m delighted to take over the patronage of Volunteers 2011. The programme is a fantastic contribution to the European Year of Volunteering”, commented Federal Minister for Families Dr. Kristina Schroder.

The volunteers will also receive support from Commerzbank. The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 national supplier has become an Official Supporter of the volunteer programme.

Commerzbank will support the volunteers in various areas and phases, with a focus on the recruitment and training of helpers. The bank will also provide organisational and logistical support.

"In Commerzbank we have secured yet another major partner for the volunteer programme, which has contributed considerably to the growth of women's football over the years," said Jones.

"The volunteers' willingness to help struck a chord with Commerzbank, whose core values include co-operation and performance. Together with the Federal Minister for Families Kristina Schroder and OC President Steffi Jones, Commerzbank will be doing everything it can to ensure the volunteer programme is a success," said Klaus-Peter Muller, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors at Commerzbank.

Commerzbank will also be offering their clients and employees the chance to support the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Volunteer Programme. The bank has been allocated a number of volunteer positions. Information about how to apply will be made available by the bank in due course.

A total of 4,000 volunteers will be assisting fans, team delegations and media representatives at next year's FIFA Women's World Cup. There have already been over 10,000 applications from 138 different countries.

The application process is open until 28 February 2011 via the official internet site