Cape Town, November 20th
2019 – Today Dutch Wavemakers Eva den Boer, Juliette Kool, Ben Bischoff and
Sjoske Tuinstra trained the World Coaches of the international training program
of the KNVB in Cape Town!
A nice continuation of the previous combined activities during the stop-over of
The Ocean Race in 2017. Many children were reached by doing various
experiments with water. These experiments were given by Wavemakers and
well-known football players such as Johan Neeskens, Pierre van Hooijdonk and
Today’s program is part of the exploration of the possibility of establishing a Wavemaker Academy in Cape Town. Dutch Wavemakers gave a presentation about the goals and resources and also a demonstration of the water lab. Our partners Department of Water and Sanitation and World Merit / Wetskills also give a presentation about their goals and the cooperation with Dutch Wavemakers.
Contents of the program
Today’s presentation by Dutch Wavemakers underlined the importance of sport in water and energy education. Eva, Ben and Juliette shared their experiences as Dutch Wavemakers and Sjoske also zoomed in on her sports career as Dutch champion Kite Wavemasters. Margo Adonis – Miss Earth and researcher at the Department of Water and Sanitation – told about her program at schools and Odwa Mtembu told about his work as the founder of the non-profit organization World Merit South Africa.
After an informative presentation about the vision of Dutch Wavemakers and the personal stories, an interesting discussion started. The WorldCoaches were very interested in the projects of the Wavemakers and asked how they also can contribute to creating awareness among young people about water and energy. The conversations showed that there is currently little or no education about water, climate and energy in schools. The WorldCoaches know the importance of clean and safe water. Not only for drinking water and hygiene, but also to keep a nice green soccer field.
WorldCoaches & Dutch
Football connects, everywhere in the world. The KNVB trains football coaches within the WorldCoaches program, in their own neighborhood or village. These coaches inspire and guide children on a sporting and social level. The WorldCoaches that participated in the Dutch Wavemakers program today are coaches at local football clubs in and
around Cape Town.
In addition to football, it is also about stimulating social skills among young
people, such as communication, fair play and forming a community.
Both parties see opportunities to add water and energy education to the program. The approach of Dutch Wavemakers appears to fit in well with the question of how WorldCoaches can tackle this challenge. During the meeting, suggestions were already made to say something about the importance of clean drinking water during drinking breaks on the football pitch. In addition, the existing football clinics at schools can be expanded with water and energy education.
It is the ambition of both Dutch Wavemakers and the WorldCoaches to continue this collaboration in the future.