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The Dutch professional footballers association VVCS has let eight young players from Ajax return to the school room. These players decided to resume their studies, thanks to an initiative by the VVCS and Ajax.


The eight talented players decided last week, in consultation with their club Ajax, to follow the intermediate vocational education course for Commercial Assistant / Junior account manager at the VVCS Academy. These youth players had tried in the past to combine a normal intermediate vocational education course with their daily sport obligations at Ajax, but without success.


The VVCS offered an alternative, with their own online academy. After a presentation about the possibilities of the VVCS Academy, the eight players chose to resume their study in order to obtain the much desired diploma. Ajax and the footballers’ parents are very enthusiastic that a training now exists that combines perfectly with the busy life of a prof footballer.


‘Ajax is the first club where we are going to offer a virtual training for the youth section’, says VVCS President Danny Hesp. ‘These young talents have stopped studying because they could not combine their education with the training sessions at Ajax. By using virtual lessons combined with the daily study support from their club, they will now be able to obtain a diploma. Ajax has even purchased 45 laptops to support their youth players during the study.’


Currently more than 60 prof footballers are following a training or a course at the VVCS Academy, the virtual education provided by the VVCS.