NOORDZEE INTERIOR GIVES ITS NAME TO KVO YOUTH TRAINING CENTRE
With more than 600 youth players, the KVO Se'Academy is Ostend's sporting youth flagship, and Noordzee-Interieur is now linking its name to this flagship. From now on, we will also speak of the North Sea Interior Se'Academy.
"With my companies Vanver and Noordzee-Interieur, we have been associated with KVO for several years," said business manager and former KVO vice president Gino Vanderhaeghen.
"For example, Vanver was a shirt sponsor for a while and with Noordzee-Interieur we designed several bars, reception desks and cloakrooms in the new grandstand of the Diaz Arena. We wanted to continue our commitment to KVO, but now we are shifting our focus to the youth academy. Last season, when the club was sailing in turbulent waters and even threatened to disappear, there was also the fear that 600 youth players would be put out of work. That made me think and made me realize that the youth academy is the heart and soul of the club and a flagship of the city of Oostende. How many families are directly or indirectly connected to KVO? Not to mention the number of children that are connected to the club through the UITPAS. KVO is also very socially engaged in the city.
I have always had a good relationship with youth director Rik Coucke and after a few conversations with him it was clear to me that we wanted to get involved. I am very proud that we now give our name to the training centre of the club. Hopefully soon some youth players will follow in the footsteps of Jelle Bataille and Robbie D'Haese."
Youth director Rik Coucke is also delighted with the commercial collaboration.. "Gino is a man with a heart for our club. When he was the vice president of KVO for a few years, we got to know and appreciate each other better. Noordzee-Interieur is situated in Middelkerke, so we can also speak of a strong, local anchoring. And as far as the succession of Jelle and Robbie is concerned, I can already announce that U21 players Momo Berte and Manu Osifo recently started training with the A-team. The intention is that they will also join us during the preparation for next season. Once again, two youngsters will grow through the EDUFOOT project, our collaboration with various schools. In addition, through the We Se'A partnerSHIP project we are now also working with eleven clubs in the region. The slogan 'Football by the Sea' can therefore be taken quite literally. Over the past year we have taken a firm step towards further professionalisation in all areas.