The KNVB responded briefly on Tuesday evening to the coronapers conference of Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge. They announced a series of easing the current corona measures, including a partial reboot of amateur football: young people and young adults up to 27 years of age are allowed to play sports in groups from 3 March onwards.
Jan Dirk van der Zee, director of amateur and women‘s football, calls it a ‘small but important step‘ that amateur football is gently getting started again for the youngest generation. “At an age that opens the world to them, many have been at home for months, without an outlet and with only online contact,” he says via the KNVB channels.
For the time being, only amateur athletes up to 27 years are lucky, Van der Zee realizes. “Of course, this age limit poses practical problems, but sport can now help young people more than ever,” said the KNVB Director, who hopes above all that the following eases will soon follow. “Hopefully, the next step of the Cabinet won’t be long in coming, so that everyone can quickly get back to normal training.”
Response @jdvdzee on the relaxed corona measures of the Cabinet for young people. More information about the category A leagues will follow tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/pdciog2x8C
— KNVB (@KNVB) February 23, 2021