Last updated 6 months ago by Michael Darmanin
[gard align=”right”]The second edition of FOX Sports & Eredivisie VoetbalFestival draws a huge crowd:
Football personalities Soufiane Touzani, former Orange internationals Khalid Boulahrouz and Royston Drenthe, Eredivisie players Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Aaron Meijers, Lex Immers, Nasser El Khayati (all ADO The Hague), Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) and the FC Twente- ladies Sisca Folkertsma and Ashleigh Weerden walked on to the stage of the FOX Sports and Eredivisie VoetbalFestival (Football Festival) amid loud applause and excited, screaming kids. They brought excitement to the hearts of around 8000 football enthusiasts on Saturday 6th July at Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
The renowned Football wizard Soufiane Touzani’s presentation wowed the crowd in the fully packed stands, with loud cheers at his every move. A huge turn up was witnessed at the meet & greet with him.
World champions Jeand Doest (panna) and Nasser El Jackson (ground moves) showed their amazing skills. And Vitesse eSporter Paskie Rokus challenged PlayStation champion Dani Visser of De Graafschap for an ebattle as hundreds of excited kids watched.
The participants in the festival were introduced to deaf and amputation football, panna(nutmeg) football, freestyle, beach soccer and street football. The participants got to take part in various clinics and competitions and were also entertained with demonstrations. The draw for the first round of the TOTO KNVB Cup, which was provided by Ajax icon Sjaak Swart, also attracted a lot of attention. In addition to this, a quiz where children were introduced to the VAR, the video referee who deals with the issues on a weekly basis was also conducted.
“We can look back on a very successful edition of the Football Festival,” says brand manager Judith Röling. “Those happy faces, the red cheeks, the cheerful mood; that’s what we do it for. You see the children, and with them the parents, enjoying it. The football activities, the demonstrations, the opportunity to meet famous football players. Wonderful. Last year we introduced the festival and the event already attracted a large audience; now we have more than doubled the number of visitors. We are proud of that. “
Judith Röling of the Jaarbeurs: “We have seen many beautiful things today, but we certainly also see room to take the event to an even higher level and make it even more attractive to the general public. We are ambitious.”
After two consecutive years of successful VoetballFestival events, they are excited and geared up for the third edition, the dates of which will be set in the coming months.