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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Minister Bart Tommelein kicks off G-football on KDB Cup

Just like last year, the spectators can enjoy demonstration matches by G-teams during the KDB Cup. On Saturday 2nd of June at 12.30 the G-teams of Sparta Petegem, Lembeekse Grasduikers and G-football Marke will play a demonstration competition. The kick-off is given by Flemish Minister of Finance, Budget and Energy Bart Tommelein.

The 3rd edition of the KDB Cup brings together a lot of young talent. Twelve top teams from home and abroad compete for the coveted KDB Cup trophy. Besides AZ Alkmaar (Neth), RSC Anderlecht (Bel), Club Brugge KV (Bel), Chelsea FC (Eng), KAA Gent (Bel), KRC Genk (Bel), PSG (Fra) and Odense BK (Den) KDB Cup welcomes for the first time Zenit St. Petersburg (Rus), JK Besiktas (Tur). Borussia Dortmund (Ger) and Kevin De Bruyne's team, Manchester City (Eng). Next to these top teams, G-teams also gets a place at the KDB Cup. Just like last year, demonstration competitions for G-football for children with disabilities will be held on Saturday afternoon. Through custom game rules, they can also practice their favorite sport in a club context.

“At the KDB Cup the experience of football for young and old comes first, both on and off the field. We bring together various aspects, with in addition to top football of possible future soccer stars, youth football with the World Cup Foottriball of Football Flanders for children from 7 to 12 years and G-football”, clarifies chairman Paul Naudts.

The fact that G-football gets a place on the KDB Cup is quite logical because Kevin De Bruyne has a warm heart for this discipline. The Red Devil was one of the faces of the Special Olympics campaign in 2014, the Olympic Games for people with mental disabilities. KVE Drongen, the team where Kevin De Bruyne started as a six year old, starts next season with a G-team and candidates can still register at tom.debacker00@telenet.be.

The kick-off for the demonstration matches of the G-teams will be given by Flemish Minister of Energy Bart Tommelein. The connection between energy and G-football may seem far away, but it is not. Apart from the fact that the children play with a lot of energy and passion, one of the companies that supports G-football Marke is the energy company Vyncke. The company situated in Harelbeke, is a global player in the field of renewable energy. "A G-team needs more support and guidance. So you need a lot of partners and resources, " explains Dave Vanhoutte founder of G-Marke.

The kick-off of the demonstration matches will start on Saturday 2nd of June at 12.30 on the grounds of KVE Drongen, Sint-Gerolfstraat 16, 9031 Drongen.