Light at the end of the tunnel for Papendorp

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Well it had to happen, after weeks of struggling to raise a team and then to perform at an acceptable level SVA Papendorp will no longer play in the league this season. The Utrecht club did not show up at a league game for the second week in a row and so when they defaulted against IFC their fate was sealed.

According to the rules of the KNVB, SVA Papendorp are demoted at the end of this season.

SVA Papendorp, the former Magreb’90, had made efforts in recent weeks to get a team to compete, but after league defeats against Meersen 11-0 and Gemert 13-0, the trainers found they did not have the players and after an humiliating 5-2 defeat  in the cup against 3rd division Zwaluwen Utrecht’11 the players drafted in from the second team indicated that they did not want to play in the first team anymore.

In a message via social media the management explained their position to the supporters, it makes for some sorry reading, though there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel:

“When we took over as a new board in May 2018, we faced major challenges. A negative bank balance, stack of administrative arrears, stack of outstanding accounts, vacancy of complete teams, the lack of an organizational structure and a huge tax bill.”

The tax bill and lack of funds obviously set the club back and they started the season without a lot of expectation for the first team. The rest of the club however seems to be on stronger ground as the Club states:

“We went to work together with the people who still believed in it. This with the following results:

We have gone from two youth teams to six and from two seniors to five.

The financial and administrative backlogs have been processed.

The youth coordination is professional and has very motivated youth trainers.

All youth teams have new, uniforms, tracksuits and bags.

The management of the clubhouse is going well and there is a lot of usage.

There is a framework of volunteers who commit themselves daily.

The tax case is on the negotiating table and we hope to find a solution soon.”

So not everything is as bleak as painted and the club seem to be in a strong position to move on next season. The club are confident that:

The well-known step back, to move two forward

Will work for them and that:

 Our technical staff stays as it is with Mustapha Talha as head coach. They have ample time to prepare a strong first team for the season 2019/20 in peace and without pressure.

All the above quotes are from El Bachir Amenchar on behalf of the board SVA Papendorp.

We wish them well and hope to be reporting new successes next season.

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Jon Wilkins

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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