LIVERPOOL FC’s star defender Virgil van Dijk opened a facility at Pontville School in Ormskirk which is designed to encourage children with additional needs to participate in sports.
It is called a ‘Special Cruyff Court’ and is an all-weather playing area which is adapted to the children’s needs so they have opportunities to participate and be active in sports.
The court was provided by the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which was formed by the late Dutch football legend to provide opportunities for children to be active in sports. It also received support from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Before having a kick around on the pitch, the Liverpool and Netherlands defender van Dijk spoke to the students, answered their questions, and even briefly got Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp on facetime to say hello!
Van Dijk told the children: “This Cruyff Court will help you in multiple ways, as a footballer and especially as a human being.
“You’ll have to deal with teamwork, losing, defending, winning. You’ll benefit and enjoy it!”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper who was also at the event said: “The ‘Virgil van Dijk Special Cruyff Court’ is clearly already making a fantastic difference to participation in sport at the school!
“Virgil van Dijk couldn’t have been a more generous ambassador for this project, giving his time to answer the student’s questions and taking pictures.
“The Cruyff Foundation is doing amazing work promoting sports to children with additional needs and I am sure this will make a lasting difference at the school, for years and years to come.”