On Wednesday afternoon, at St. Vincent Evere stadium and Parc de Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, the “RSC Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Foundation” launched the second edition of the “Constant Vanden Stock Challenge”, a mini- soccer competition for children between the ages of 10 and 13. Sponsored by Anderlecht player Anthony Vanden Borre, this project entitled “Foot-Etudes “aims to fight against absenteeism in schools and keep disadvantaged children from dropping out. The foundation will provide the equipment and trainers while the local authorities will provide the sporting facilities and transportation needed to conduct weekly workouts. The final will be held on the main field of the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht.
Last year, the foundation reached an agreement with five municipalities of Brussels, namely Brussels-ville, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Etterbeek and Uccle. The project will be initiated in Evere and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in the 2014 school year. The goal is to eventually mobilize all 19 Brussels communes.
At least twenty children per commune will be reached. Their sole obligation will be to attend class on a regular basis. Classes are offered in their homework support. “Often these are young people who have been placed here by the court,” says David Steegen, Anderlecht spokesman. “We want to bring a glimmer of hope to their daily lives. Anthony Vanden Borre, who as a boy played in the streets of Cureghem, is particularly sensitive to this issue.”
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)