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5has taken up the cause of individual encouragementand intensive communication.The social behaviour learnedat the academies has become, both atnational team level and at club level, animportant precondition for team spiritand success. Moreover, young playersenjoy a constantly improving educationat the academies. A survey led by Dr UweHarttgen, former Bundesliga player atSV Werder Bremen and Hannover 96,and now director of the Werder BremenAcademy, shows that the proportion ofhigh-school graduates at the academiesis higher than the national average.A further socially importantaspect of the 36 academiesis the fact thatthe Bundes-liga is making significant contributionsto the integration of foreigners andpeople with a migration background inGermany. Regardless of their origins,players at the academies are able toidentify with German culture. Moreover,they are highly motivated to learn, displayonly minor deficiencies in linguisticproficiency and knowledge of the culturethey live and associate more withtheir German contemporaries than thenational average. Alongside the sportingand educational promotion of youngplayers German professional footballthus has made a refreshing contributionto integration in Germany as well. 275from 525 Playerscurrently playingin the Bundesligawere educated at anacademy.

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