In 2014, my brother Raf and I decided to introduce ‘Voetjebal‘ in Belgium. The year before that, we met Wouter von Brucken Fock. Wouter, founder of Voetjebal and youth coach of Feynoord Rotterdam, designed this special play concept for kids between 2 and 5 years old together with his wife Nienke von Brucken (motor remedial teacher).
Voetjebal is a unique play concept for boys and girls and their ‘+1’. They can enjoy one hour of group learning & fun together with one of their family members (mom, dad, granny, godfather, sister … anyone can join). We introduce them to sports from an educational perspective with attributes as balloons, colors, music, … to stimulate their concentration, focus, social skills, listening skills etc.
I have always been very interested in youth education because that it where it all begins. I started as a youth coach for OH Leuven, Bilzen VV en KRC Genk. As Technical Coordinator, I was responsible for the entire Bilzen VV Youth Academy and as a Football Fitness Coach for Fitness department of the KRC Genk Academy. Kids usually start doing sports/their hobby when they are 5 or 6 years old, so Voetjebal is an ideal starting point to learn while playing when you are only 2 years old! Children, who can move well, will develop cognitive skills much easier and that’s what the Voetjebal method supports.
Our trainers are all qualified & experienced and make sure that every lesson is different and full of fun. Every region has its own coordinator who makes sure everything is perfectly organized. My brother Raf is responsible for Voetjebal Belgium and I am the Ambassador. I'm extremely proud to be the Ambassador of a concept that supports the fact that all kids deserve the same chances. My role is to create opportunities for all kids and to look for collaborations with schools, clubs and sports departments. Feyenoord Rotterdam for example started a cooperation with Voetjebal NL in 2017 and now Voetjebal België is also looking for collaborations with different Belgian clubs! I’m really excited to see which Belgian football club will be the first to cooperate with us in 2018!
Voetjebal Belgium started in 2014 in Genk, the first location in Belgium. Now, 3 years later … we can proudly announce that from January 2018, parents can register their kids for a Voetjebal course in more than 15 different cities all over Flanders. We have three different periods in one year (January till April, April till June and September till December) and every period consists of 8 to 10 lessons.
Our main goal is to have Voetjebal courses in every city in Belgium so that parents and kids can easily go to one of the different locations within 20 kilometers of their home. Nowadays, it’s not easy to find the time to spend quality time with your kids and that’s exactly why Voetjebal is so unique. Your kid has an interactive hobby and you can join actively.
The last few months, I’ve received some interesting questions about introducing Voetjebal abroad. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions or proposals concerning the introduction of Voetjebal in other countries.
Don’t forget to register for an hour of joy mixed with football and education for you and your wonderful kid(s).
Let's learn and play the Voetjebal way ..