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Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller’s involvement in mass sport goes back almost 100 years.

In 1921, the company gave the Arbeiter-Turn-Verein (ATV) Gretesch-Lüstringen, which had been set up in 1907, the use of a field next to the Gretesch tower for sports activities. This meant that members could engage in new types of sport such as athletics, handball and football, in addition to gymnastics and cycling, which had been on offer since the club was originally established.

In addition to the ATV, Sportklub Schoeller Gretesch was also set up in 1931 for employees of the company. However, when the Nazis came to power in 1933, they banned all workers' and company sports clubs. To be able to continue to support these clubs, the company set up the Turnverein Schoeller on 1 July 1933 . The club was part of the only remaining sports federation, the Deutsche Turnerschaft. After the Second World War, the club was confronted with the fact that all sports clubs had to have the approval of the British military government and setting up a new club under an old name was prohibited. Consequently, on 15 November 1945, the Turn- und Rasensportverein (TuRa) Gretesch-Lüstringen was founded. However, just a few years later, at its Annual General Meeting on 18 March 1951, it decided to rename the club to accommodate Felix Schoeller’s wish to see its collaboration with the club reflected in the name. In the end, it was not the name of the company that was incorporated into the club’s name but its premises, which are so steeped in history: the club became known as the Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft (TSG) 07 Burg Gretesch. The Gretesch tower, which had always been Felix Schoeller’s logo, was also used as the TSG logo, demonstrating the close relationship between the company and the club.

From 1954, the club grew steadily and new sports facilities were built. Both the club and Gretesch benefit from the situation: the tax revenue that flows into the town’s coffers from Felix Schoeller enable it to invest significantly more in upgrading the town’s sports infrastructure than any other town council in the surrounding area. For example, in September 1970, the new Gretesch sports centre was officially opened and attracted nationwide attention when Gerd Metz set a new European record over 100 metres (10.0 seconds). From 2000 onwards, important athletics events, such as qualifiers for the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships, were staged here.

Today, TSG07 Burg Gretesch is Osnabrück’s second largest club with over 3,300 members in 20 different sections. And the club and Felix Schoeller are still closely associated, with the company continuing to provide regular financial support even in difficult economic times.