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Feyenoord will follow up on last year’s trade mission led by then minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) with more soccer clinics for coaches and young people in Havana in the period 8-13 January 2018.
Feyenoord will hold coaching clinics in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Cuban Ministry of Sport, the business community and Rotterdam Topsport, with a large quantity of footballs, football apparel and training equipment to be donated to the Football Association of Cuba.
Members of the Feyenoord International coaching staff will take care of the football aspects of the project. Former players Mike Obiku, Robin Nelisse and Gill Swerts as well as international development coach Luka Lalic will represent Feyenoord International in Havana.
The logistical aspects will be in the hands of Rotterdam shipping company Nirint Shipping, a loyal business unit holder at Feyenoord with an office in Havana. Rotterdam Topsport will be responsible for contacts with the Cuban sports ministry, the Football Association of Cuba, and the Dutch and Cuban embassies. The Football Association of Cuba has made the Pedro Marrero national stadium in Havana available for the youth and coaching clinics.
Cuba has built up a strong sporting reputation. While baseball continues to be the nation's most popular sport, soccer is growing in popularity, especially among boys and girls. This is the fourth time that Feyenoord has organised coach and youth clinics in Cuba.
Gido Vader, manager International Relations Feyenoord and delegation leader, says: ‘Feyenoord is a club of global stature with an action-oriented mindset so typical of Rotterdam. Thanks to the project sponsors, in Cuba we are able to make a very tangible contribution to the continued development of football coaching on the island and children’s participation in sport. We are working on a long-term relationship with the Football Association of Cuba.”
As well as contributions from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RVO and Nirint Shipping, the following parties have helped bring this project to fruition: CARU Containers, Jordex Shipping & Forwarding, Matrans Holding, Seablinc, International Lashing Service, WOMY Equipment Supply, Van Oord and Logimetal