Borussia Dortmund’s Supporters’ Association was founded in 2004 as the fourth department within BV. Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund (registered association), and is charged with supporting the club in all its endeavours, as well as coming up with new, fresh ideas and collaborating in their implementation. The department, which operates on a voluntary basis, stands for the representation of all members, fans and fan clubs both within the club and outside of it.
The Supporters’ Affairs Department is part of the limited company. It is responsible for a wide variety of tasks that are divided among nine full-time fan representatives. They are the first points of contact for any queries fans may have regarding the club. Björn Hegemann is head of the department. He has worked at the club since 2014.
Borussia Dortmund has a large and diverse community of fans, which continues to grow steadily. In order to be able to deal most effectively with the increase in demand, the team of fan representatives has developed and expanded in recent years. The department is subdivided into two main areas of focus.
The Matchday Operations team is comprised of Sebastian Walleit (a BVB employee since 2008), Luisa Junk (2016) and Benedikt Watermeier (2019). Their work is primarily centred around the organisation, advance preparation and post-match evaluation of senior team and U23 matches, work with disabled supporters, the organisation of away season tickets, consultation on stadium bans and hooliganism, as well as networking.
The Fan Clubs team is comprised of Petra Stüker (at BVB since 1981), Alexander Winkler (2015), Sebastian Schneider (2017), Sandra Portmann (2019) and Marie Büchner (2017). They are predominantly occupied with processing the queries and requests of over 870 official BVB fan clubs, which, in total, include over 55,000 fans. They also take care of various administrative tasks within the department.
Alongside these two major areas of focus, further duties and responsibilities include, among others, the running of the supporters’ council and the organisation of fan events and anti-discrimination work. In addition, the fan representatives work in close cooperation with the volunteer-run supporters’ association, which forms part of the club, as well as with the Fan Project Dortmund, both of which champion supporters’ causes outside of the limited company.