Faja Lobi promoting Utrecht women

Faja Lobi KDS are a women’s football team who play regular competitive football. I spoke with Nathalie about her club.

Nathalie, is 24 years old. and studies law at Utrecht University. In her spare time she plays football and is also a keen supporter of  FC Utrecht.

Nathalie told me that:

“Faja Lobi KDS is a multicultural football club. We are located at a very unique location at a height of nine metres. This is on the roof of the parking garage of the Ikea. We work with a lot of volunteers. We have teams for men, women, veterans and a team for disabled people. Seven men’s teams play on Saturdays. And the women’s team play on the same day in the Second division. There are also 3 teams for men on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the Ladies used to have two teams on a Saturday, but now they only have one team.  Looking to the future however, the club have started a Junior programme and they now have five teams for youth, made up of a team for up to nine years old. One to eleven years, a team up to thirteen years, a team to fourteen years and a team to fifteen years. They train on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm.

They always want new recruits:

“We would love to have new players. Faja Lobi used to have two teams but we have one team now. We are searching for new members so we can have more teams.”

What attracted you to play football?

“My whole family are football lovers. My sister played football when I was little. A few years later I decided to play football as well.”

Nathalie was born and raised in Utrecht and her favourite places in Utrecht are the canals.

Does Utrecht as a city do enough for Sport in general?

All sport venues are owned by the municipality. They try to involve Utrecht in big sporting events like the Tour de France.

What about Women’s Football, do they give you enough support?

Nathalie doesn’t feel that enough is done to support women’s football in general. “But they have set up programmes to help girls who live in bad neighbourhoods to let play football.”

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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