We are excited to launch our YHB Football Academy to bring football to young people in Taiwan. It’s all about having fun and share experience that may be valuable in a young persons future life and career.
I am happy to share some of my football experiences below.
IN THE STREETS
I started playing football in the streets and parks around our home at the age of 7, playing games with friends or just kicking the ball against the wall. I was soon asked by a neighbor to join the local football team Racing Mechelen, a real tradition club in Belgium founded in 1904.
Racing Mechelen has always been well known as a training club where not the club but the player is central. The club offered me an opportunity to play and grow at my own pace and level. The last season I played for the youth of Racing Mechelen gave me the chance to play all over Belgium, even against the youth teams of Belgian top sides Anderlecht and Bruges.
COMPETITION AND CONFIDENCE
Sports, including football, whether team-based or individual, are a great activity for young people to help build self-esteem and confidence. Football also motivates young people to excel academically and build social skills. This was definitely the case for me. Also, competition is part of life and a winning mentality is developed at a young age. When I joined Racing Mechelen there was a healthy rivalry with KV Mechelen in our city
CULTURAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
During my youth, I joined many international football exchange programs and was able to join tournaments in France, Italy, Germany, and England. Not only did I play against the youth team of Italy’s Sampdoria Genoa, for example, I also lived with local families throughout the tournaments. This allowed me to make friends overseas, learn about cultures, experience local habits, improve language skills and taste local food.
YOU CAN PLAY ANYWHERE
As a child, I played football with friends in the streets, at school, at the club, on beaches, and in parks. During my working career, I lived in various countries, including Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. During that time football has also been the best way for me to socialize and make new friends. From playing in local teams to joining corporate teams. From joining a competitive league, or tournament to playing with friendly games.
COACH RUDI’S PLAYER/TRAINER PROFILE
-Rudi speaks with ball and feet, but is able to assist young players in Chinese, English, Dutch, French, German and even some Spanish
-Played his 11-a-side youth career at Racing Mechelen, Belgium
-Played indoor football competition in Belgium for several teams
-Played for an 11-a-side team in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
-Played first division 11-a-side football in the Yau Yee League in Hong Kong
-Played in a 5-a-side futsal league in Singapore
-Played various football tournaments with private and corporate teams in various countries
-Trained two 11-a-side teams, including a first division team in the Yau Yee League in Hong Kong
-Trained a futsal team in Singapore
-Put together and trained a female team for a futsal tournament in Singapore