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A memorable day in the history of the VVCS (the Dutch trade union for professional football players) and the VVCS Academy. On Monday, 15 active and former football players received the diploma they had earned by successfully completing their studies at the VVCS Academy.


Amid considerable interest from those present, ten players received an Intermediate Vocational Education diploma as Commercial Assistant. Five players gained there Higher Vocational Education diploma: they can now call themselves Bachelors of Commerce.


The students have had to work extremely hard in recent months to complete their studies, and so the VVCS Academy thought it appropriate to award the diploma officially during a special celebratory evening.


The task was entrusted to the safe hands of Henk Kesler (former President of the KNVB [the Dutch Football Association] and member of the Supervisory Board of the VVCS Academy) and Theo van Seggelen (former President of the VVCS and secretary general of FIFPro), who presented the diplomas to all the successful football players.


In addition, the various professors of Saxion Next and the Da Vinci College addressed each pupil personally. And finally, the fifteen players all received a VVCS pen and VVCS watch as a special momento. 


‘This is not just a festive evening for the students’, said VVCS President Danny Hesp during the award ceremony. ‘It is also a memorable moment for the VVCS. This is exactly why we started the VVCS Academy four years ago. We wanted to ensure that professional football players could follow and complete a study during their football career.’ 


‘You are the living proof of this’, said Hesp to the students present. ‘I hope that I continue to meet you at the football clubs, because you are the administrators of the future.’


Following the example of the VVCS, the FIFPro has set up the FIFPro Academy, for football players in eleven European countries. This month, the FIFPro Academy will officially get under way in collaboration with the UCN University in Denmark.