The JOBLINGE initiative supports young people who have had a difficult start in life to enter the training and job market. The goal: real job opportunities and sustainable integration into the labour market and society. The initiative achieves far above-average successes through custom-fit qualifications, voluntary mentoring and support during training – 70 % of the young people make the leap into working life. As one of the founding members of the initiative and an honorary member of the supervisory board of Joblinge AG, Hans T. Gonder is committed to the long-term future of young people in the Rhine-Main region.
The Board of Joblinge Frankfurt (from left to right) Ralf Hempel (Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Joblinge), Hans T. Gonder (Managing Partner, GONDER Facility Services), Jürgen Funk (Managing Director, Communications and Education Policy, Hessen Chemie), Reinhard Gödel (Supervisory Board, Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG), Kerstin Schmitz (Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board) Administrative Director, Frankfurt Zoo, Kadim Tas (Regional Manager Joblinge), Dr. Oliver Dany (Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group), Prof. Dr. Daniela Birkenfeld (City Councillor for Social Affairs, Senior Citizens, Youth and Law, City of Frankfurt a. M.), Carsten Kratz (Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Axel Hellmann (Chief Financial Officer, Eintracht Frankfurt)
GONDER has been promoting rugby in Frankfurt for over 10 years. In addition to supporting the Bundesliga teams, our special focus is on the development of youth rugby. The success story makes for an impressive read: SC Frankfurt 1880 has won at least three out of a possible six German youth rugby championships in every season since 2014/15. In the summer of 2016, the club achieved the feat of becoming German champions for the first time in all four age groups – U12, U14, U16 and U18 – in the classic 15-a-side variant of the sport. Many young talents from Frankfurt were nominated for the U16 and U18 national teams, also in the Olympic 7-a-side variant of the sport.
The international GONDER Rugby Youth Festival celebrates its 10th edition in 2019 and is the largest event of its kind in Germany with 1,000 participating children from all over Europe!
The promotion of youth work has made an impact: in the meantime, the first cohort of players have grown up to the men's level and are also making their way into the selection squads. The first men's team at SC Frankfurt 1880 regularly plays in the German championship. They are currently leading the first national league.
But it is not only the top athletes who benefit from SC Frankfurt 1880's excellent youth work: more than 300 children regularly take part in training and matches and are taught rugby values such as respect and team spirit on and off the pitch that will accompany them throughout their lives.
Starting this year, GONDER Facility Services GmbH is the name sponsor of the Rugby Youth Festival. The festival took place on 11 and 12 May 2019 and offered plenty of entertainment as well as exciting encounters between European teams. More than 1,000 participants from seven nations competed in the 10th iteration of this event.
SC 1880 became the German Rugby Champion for the seventh time running: With a 22:12 victory over TSV Handschuhsheim, head coach Byron Schmidt's team brought the trophy back to Frankfurt after a ten-year hiatus.
In front of around a thousand enthusiastic spectators in their own stadium, the team crowned its strong season and also the most successful season in the long history of SC 1880. After four championship titles in the youth division, the club also won the last the five possible titles in 15-a-side rugby. In the finest weather, from the first minute the final team showed that they did not want to miss out on a chance to win the championship on their home turf. Less than five minutes of play saw SC 1880 take a 7-0 lead. By the break, the team had extended their lead to 22-0. But in the second half, things got even more exciting. TSV Handschuhsheim was now scoring, but in the end only managed to get within 12:22 – and then the championship celebration could finally start.
The collection of cups for the rugby youth division is getting ever bigger: Following in the footsteps of the U16, the U12, U14 and the U18 have also won the German Championships.
The U12s travelled to Munich for their championships last weekend. After two wins in the group games on Saturday against a Bavarian team and a strong Berlin RC, the team faced their Hessian rivals RK Heusenstamm in the semi-finals on Sunday. After a clear 80:0 victory, the final was against TSV Handschuhsheim, which SC 1880 also won 80:0.
The U18s had to travel to Hanover for their championships. In the semi-final, they had to face their long-time rivals Berliner RC – but this time SC 1880 gave their opponents from the German capital a run for their money. In the end, the team entered the final against host Victoria Linden with a 50:14 victory. And the team also won the final with ease: the U18s won the winner's trophy with an unchallenged 53:0 victory.
Currently, GONDER Facility Management is also officially a proud member of the Eintracht family. For the GONDER Group, Eintracht Frankfurt is much more than just a football club. With over 65,000 members, school sports activities and countless social projects, Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the most important socio-political pillars in the region and the most important sports club in Frankfurt. We are pleased and proud to have been a "Partner of Eintracht Frankfurt e.V." since 2010 and an official co-partner of the Bundesliga team since 2018, supporting the club both in sporting terms and in the area of infrastructural services.
The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital needed a highly sensitive thermal imaging camera for its oncology, haematology and hemostaseology department. Unlike older models, today's cameras can be used at the patient's bedside without much effort and are extremely helpful in diagnosing and assessment of therapy. This saves the children having to undergo a general anaesthetic in order to lie still in the tube during an MRI examination. GONDER was happy to support this wish and donated a thermal imaging camera worth €24,000. In addition, the association "Hilfe für krebskranke Kinder Frankfurt e.V." (Help for Children with Cancer Frankfurt e.V.) received an additional monetary donation of €22,000.