Sports brings people together. That's the motto The Netherlands has adopted for the event it will be hosting at the Jude Felix Hockey Academy in Bangalore on 27th October. Dutch international football star Johan Neeskens and Olympic Hockey Medaillist Floris Jan Bovelander will join hands with Indian Hockey Champion Jude Felix.
The mini-tournament is part of a day of soccer and hockey hosted by Dutch Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Alphonsus Stoelinga, Charity Aid Foundation India, One Million Hockey Legs, the KNVB World Coaches and the Jude Felix Hockey Academy.
This event highlighted the important role played by sport in the life skills development and education for kids. 'Sport, particularly soccer and hockey, brings people and communities together. Playing sports teaches kids to be brave, handle wins and defeat. The grassroots programs not only help build talent, they can also be used for educational programs on sanitation and health', says Alphonsus Stoelinga.
'The power of soccer to bring people together is also symbolic of the Netherlands as a partner for India', says Alphonsus Stoelinga. ‘Together, we are committed to giving children the opportunity to participate in sports.’
The Event had over 100 junior hockey and soccer players. CSR heads will partake in the event and this event was part of the festive Holland meets Bangalore week, honoring the opening of the new Dutch Consulate General in Bangalore.