NEC Nijmegen is a New Member of the Network

14 November 2014

NEC Nijmegen is a New Member of the Network

The European Football for Development Network is glad to announce their new partnership with the club of N.E.C Nijmegen.

Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, commonly abbreviated to NEC, is a Dutch football club from the city of Nijmegen that currently plays in the Eredivisie.

The oldest remnants of the club, “Eendracht” (Dutch for unity), stem back to 15 November 1900. In 1910, Eendracht merged with Nijmegen to form the Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie. The team’s home ground is the 12,500-seat Stadion de Goffert. The club is yet to win any major tournaments to but were runners-up in the KNVB Cup competition in 1973, 1983, 1994 and 2000. They played in UEFA Cup tournaments in 1983, 2003, and 2008.

Considering its history, the club felt the need to set up a foundation to give something back to society and get rooted even more in Nijmegen and surrounding area. The ambition is to use the stadium more as a hub for social movement. The inhabitants of the whole area, fan or not, should come to the Goffert Stadium to develop themselves.

About the ‘Stichting N.E.C.  Doelbewust’

In 2008 N.E.C. founded ‘Stichting N.E.C.  Doelbewust’, a foundation to give something back to community. Through this foundation the club initiates, in collaboration with partners, projects that benefit the city and region, establishing N.E.C. in society. Experience shows that it really works to make use of the power of N.E.C. to encourage people to develop. Whether it is about vitality, mentality or education, the power of N.E.C. always works. Therefore, they focus on these three pillars when it comes to social commitment. All activities take place in collaboration with partners on knowledge of the subject.

The projects and programs that are running are mostly for kids and youth and are taking place in the field of participation of minorities, health and wellbeing, awareness on discrimination, social-emotional development, sports for disabled, unemployment training and respect. N.E.C. Doelbewust Foundation collaborate with both profit and non-profit organisations to make a difference in the life of the fans and inhabitants of Nijmegen and the region of Nijmegen.


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