‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord are to form a partnership with War Child, the organization that provides assistance to help children whose lives have been affected by war. The club will support one of War Child’s projects in Uganda as part of the theme ‘Playing for Future’. For example, the proceeds from Feyenoord’s annual gala dinner for business contacts will go to War Child. Roy Makaay announced his wish Tuesday to become the partnership’s first ambassador.
Feyenoord will help War Child extend the Inter-Parish Football and Netball Charity League, in which children affected by the war in northern Uganda can play sport with each other. The project is focused on inspiring young people to play a positive and active role in their community.
Feyenoord will also fund training for teachers and sports lessons at sixty schools in Uganda to help develop skills that teach them to focus more on the social aspect of sport. The main thing is not winning, but enjoying each other’s company and learning to work together.
Feyenoord’s general manager Eric Gudde spoke of a very special moment as the parties signed the partnership agreement. ‘A club of our status has to assume its social responsibility. We do so nationally with the Sophia Children’s Hospital and now internationally with War Child. It is a wonderful challenge for 2009 to turn this partnership into something beautiful.’
War Child director Mark Vogt said that he was delighted with the new partnership. ‘Feyenoord and War Child share the same values. Both have the confidence and ambition that tomorrow will be better, albeit in different areas. I hope that we have a huge future in front of us together.’
Feyenoord will also continue its partnership with Unicef, although this will be on a project basis in relation to the Feyenoord Academy in Ghana.