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Feyenoord Academy has been voted the best youth academy in the Netherlands for the fifth consecutive season. Youth development head Damien Hertog and academy manager Rob Kurvers were presented with the Rinus Michels Award 2014 in the Best Professional Football Youth Academy category in Zwolle on Friday afternoon. The other nominees in the category were the youth academies of Ajax and PSV/Eindhoven/Helmond Sport/VVV. Feyenoord has been recognised as the best youth academy in the country every year since the 2009-2010 season.
‘We were hoping but to be honest not expecting to win the award for the fifth year in succession,’ said a surprised Hertog. ‘We are extremely proud. This distinction is very pleasing recognition and appreciation for the work we do, especially as the decision is taken by colleagues in the profession.’
Hertog says Feyenoord Academy has had a good year. ‘There are a lot of talented youngsters from Varkenoord in the Feyenoord first team. A lot of our players play for the Dutch national team and the national youth teams, and lots of our teams have won championships, including B1, B2 and D1. This is an award for everyone at Feyenoord Academy, a reward for the work we have all done in the past year.’
Ronald Koeman were also nominated for the Rinus Michels Award as coach of the year (for the second successive season), together with Frank de Boer (Ajax), Peter Bosz (Vitesse), Dwight Lodeweges (ex-SC Cambuur) and Harry van den Ham (FC Dordrecht). The award went to Ajax coach Frank de Boer.