In the Netherlands, a foundation has been set up to boost floorball. Read what the DFF told us about it.
Dutch Floorball Foundation
The Dutch Floorball Foundation (DFF) was established in the Netherlands this month. Its goal? Stimulating the development of floorball in the Netherlands, hosting international tournaments and gathering funds for the Dutch national teams with a focus on the women’s team. The sport is growing in the Netherlands and, due to the country’s big field hockey tradition, has the potential to become one of the bigger sports in the country.
The new foundation looks to organize a number of events throughout the year, provide floorball clinics and host international tournaments. Through long term business partnerships and event-driven sponsorship the DFF will provide a much-needed basis for fundraising for the national teams. “Our aim is to support the Dutch national teams financially, taking away a barrier for players to join the teams. However, we will ask the teams to give clinics and work with us to spread the sport in the country,” says DFF board member Alexander Kneepkens.
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DFF board member Jesse Saris explains that “the DFF already has a partnership with the Dutch Women’s Team and will use the next 18 months to work with them on their road to the World Floorball Championships 2021.” A logical step as two of the three founders of the DFF are staff members of the Dutch Women’s Team.
The first big event the Foundation aims to realize is a four-country friendly women’s international tournament in the April 2020 international weekend. “We are working hard towards a professional tournament as a test case and proof that such a tournament can be a big success in the Netherlands,” sets out DFF board member and event organizer Jeroen Muller. The board is already thinking of future international tournaments, both friendly and official. Perhaps we’ll see a Qualifier tournament or even a World Floorball Championship tournament in the Netherlands in a couple of years.
More information can be found on the DFF’s website. This article was received from and written by the DFF.