Delft Kick The COVID Blues!
The Blues are back to weekly training for 2021
After a longer than expected off-season, the Delft Blues are back at their home ground and building some momentum as COVID restrictions ease in the Netherlands.
Delft, who saw some good growth in playing numbers last year, were looking to keep that momentum going through pre-season 2021. That was until COVID restrictions meant the best that anyone in the Netherlands could do, was have a kick in the park in groups of four – at least kicking a footy means you keep the 1.5 metre social distancing at the same time! The boys from Delft did exactly that though, making use of the parks, getting together in small groups and having a kick.
As the restrictions have eased in the Netherlands, the Blues have been building nicely and are now back at their home ground at DVC Delft, resuming weekly training.
Michel van Eijk – aka Micka – shared his excitement with how thigs are developing this year for the Delft Blues.
“Numbers have been steadily growing, with around 10 per session until early May and the last four weeks have seen an increase with 16 and 18 guys at training on a weekly basis”, said Micka.
“Our plan is to build on the defensive pressure that was a hallmark of our game plan last year and fit the new players into the Delft Blues culture and game plan, which we believe will hold us in good stead for a shot at reaching the Grand Final in 2021.”
“We also want to make sure that our home game fixture, which is always a great event for all those who attend, stays one of the main on-field events in the AFL Netherlands calendar. Off the field, we want to add more social events to the calendar, to support this and further build our culture.”
Things are looking promising for the Delft Blues, who are seeing good reward for their hard work of the last few years. We all hope that we can take to the field for competitive games in 2021, and if we do, the boys from Delft will be looking to go one further than last year by reaching the AFL Netherlands Grand Final.
You can find out more about the Delft Blues via their social media channels.
Neil Cooke – AFL Netherlands
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