‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Two Canadian boys have been training at Feyenoord Academy this past week. Luca Accettola (10) and Nakye Duncan (11) were the most eye-catching players at the summer’s Feyenoord Camps in Toronto, Canada. That earned them the opportunity to show what they could do in Rotterdam.
It turned out to be a wonderful week for Nakye Duncan and Luca Accettola, who travelled to the Netherlands with their parents and other family members. They trained with their peers from Rotterdam and even made an appearance in a practice match. And they did it with great enthusiasm.
The Canadians also attended Feyenoord’s home matches against Standard Liege and FC Groningen, visited the Feyenoord Museum and watched a first-team training session, taking the opportunity to have their photo taken with their new heroes.
‘This was a great chance for Nakye and Luca to experience European football culture. They earned that chance, because they were head and shoulders above the rest in Toronto. The boys made an excellent impression here, too,’ said Gerard Rutjes, coordinator of the Feyenoord football school.
Feyenoord has been active in Canada since the summer, when sports camps were held in Toronto over a three-week period. At the end of October youth coaches from Feyenoord will run clinics at Erin Mills FC in Mississauga, in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area. The club expects to return to North America to run more summer camps in 2015.