Local Heart, Global Soul

April 9, 2019

Supporting Football In The Pacific Islands…

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Himself and I are part of a larger group who made a Foundation to support our fundraising activities for the School for Disabled children in Kiribati.

As such this foundation is pretty much the one and only hit that comes up on Google when typing in Kiribati and The Netherlands.

Due to this connection, the foundation was contacted to ask for possible contacts within Kiribati because two Dutch men who love Football and Islands try to arrange Dutch players and former players to coach teams in the Pacific Islands.

The Kiribati contacts that we gave them did not end up working out (the Kiribati end of things not being good with returning communications) so the duo moved on to another Pacific island group, this time the Solomon Islands.

Interested in the project Himself kept in contact and when the project for the Solomon’s worked out, Himself as a fellow football and Island lover, got an invitation to a special event. This was the introduction of a new Football coach for the Solomon Islands national Team, and this person is former Dutch National Team member:  Wim Rijsbergen.

The ceremony also included the Ambassador of The Solomon Islands to Belgium and the Netherlands, and proceedings were mostly in Dutch, with portions in English for, and from the Ambassador. Held at the Feyenoord Stadium Press room, Himself also obtained an invitation for me since I have actually visited the Solomon Islands. What will happen next is that the Solomon National team will come to the Netherlands for a month of intensive training, and then see if they can advance up the rankings, where they are already doing well.

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Wim Rijsbergen….

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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