AUT trio on Bayern Munich adventure

Steph Trowill with Bayern Munich star and Netherlands international Arjen Robben.

A New Zealand Football intern and Auckland Football employee are among three Auckland University of Technology students currently enjoying the experience of a lifetime at German football giants FC Bayern Munich.

Steph Trowill, Denver MacDonald and Scott Noel Woodford entered a competition jointly run by entrepreneurial company Futury and the 27-time German champions which asked for entrants to pitch a proposal that helps improve and evolve the current German champions.

Bayern Munich were keen to explore innovations for football in three different fields – home games, international fan base and marketing potential.

“I had this idea of making retro the ‘new’ and to incorporate the history of Bayern Munich whilst using social media in driving that force,” MacDonald said of the initial design.

The trio’s idea was one of six selected from a host of entrants from Germany and the United Kingdom to be flown to Germany to the Audi Cup where they will work on their idea and pitch it to a jury.

Further good news was announced on decision day with Futury and Bayern Munich keen to invest in the Kiwis and keep them on board for a further 15 days to work on their project at the Bayern Munich’s Allianz Stadium.

Trowill, who plays for Fencibles United and has previously starred for Auckland in the National Women’s League, works as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Auckland Football Federation while former Waitakere City player MacDonald offers some of his time to New Zealand Football’s high performance department.

Woodford likewise has a passion for football and intends to make the most of his once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“This opportunity for me began as a dream,” Woodford admitted.

“Before a career-ending knee injury, I dreamed that I was going to achieve something large in life but I didn’t know when. Since making a change from playing the game I love to looking at the business side of things, all I wanted was an opportunity to showcase my talent and I guess this is it.”

The football-mad trio have now been in Germany for a few days and are in the midst of meeting various Bayern Munich employees, touring the famous Allianz Arena and experiencing four Audi Cup matches which feature powerhouses Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Napoli as well as the hosts, Bayern Munich. They will also get to witness Bayern’s opening Bundesliga match against FC Bayer Leverkusen.

“As a keen footballer, I am very excited to see some top players in action live including one of my favourite players James Rodriguez, who recently signed for Bayern Munich,” Trowill says.

“Outside of watching football, I am hoping to pick up some knowledge and skills from Bayern’s Marketing, Media and Communications departments to bring home and use in my role at Auckland Football.”

Story courtesy of Auckland Football

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