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OVV Oostvoorne


OVV Oostvoorne are a club based around 20 minutes from Rotterdam in Holland and the club was formed in 1917. The club has extensive facilities and a very strong male, female and junior football sections and they are a club, that like ourselves, play a prominent part in the local community. The link between the two clubs has grown steadily over the past few years and so far Richmond and OVV have come together to play football on 9 separate occasions!! Both clubs embrace fair play / sportsmanship and this is a foundation for our partnership.


The link between Richmond Rovers JFC and OVV Oostvoorne began back in May 2009, when Richmond U13s (under the guidance of Anthony Sewart & Kieran Foulkes) travelled to Oostvoorne to play a friendly fixture as part of their Holland Tour. Richmond won that first match 5-2 and the two teams enjoyed socialising with each other after the fixture.


Due to the success of the first trip to OVV, Richmond U14s were invited back to Oostvoorne in May 2010. This time, with the help of Sander Teunissen from OVV, Richmond played in a small tournament and ran out eventual winners. Needing a win in the final game against our hosts, Richmond recorded a 2-0 win and took the silverware back to the UK! During and immediately after this tour, formal links were agreed between the two clubs in order to build a strong relationship and to offer youngsters to experience the opportunity to play football in a foreign country.


In May 2011, Richmond U15s returned for their 3rd trip to Holland and again OVV were fantastic hosts. The U15s recorded a draw and another win over the team from OVV, meaning they ended the tournament as runners-up to Erdivisie academy side, Sparta Rotterdam.


The link between the two sides was further strengthened in June 2011, when OVV C1 made the inaugural visit to Manchester to visit Richmond Rovers. The OVV team visited Old Trafford on the Saturday morning before losing 6-0 to a Richmond Rovers XI. On the Sunday saw the first Anglo-Dutch competition, held at Richmond’s home ground on Jacksons Lane. The tournament featured the Richmond U16s, OVV and local side Bramhall North. Richmond recorded 2 wins against our Dutch friends and went on to lift the Anglo-Dutch Cup.


May 2012 saw the 2nd Richmond team benefit from the relationship, as it was agreed that every year, Richmond Rovers would send over their U12 team to Holland. This would allow all of the club’s players the opportunity to sample football on foreign soil. The U12 team that travelled were managed by Kealin Smith. Richmond played two friendly matches- the first ended in defeat to a very strong Rozenburg D2 team and we lost 5-0 to our hosts OVV D2/3 in the final game of the tour.


The 2nd Anglo-Dutch Cup saw OVV B1 visit Manchester to play Richmond U16s. The tournament was expanded to 4 teams, with FC Blue Star and Bramhall the guests. The tournament only just went ahead after some horrendous weather left the pitch only just playable. After a tight group stage in which Richmond and OVV played out a draw, Richmond played OVV again in the final. The teams could not be split, so a penalty shootout followed... and in typical fashion, the English lost, leaving OVV to take the cup back to Oostvoorne.


In May 2013 it was the turn of Paul Wills’ U12s to grace Dutch soil. On the Saturday they comfortably disposed of De Jonge Spartaan D5, winning 9-0 in a fantastic stadium. On the Sunday, the U12 competed in the OVV Tournament (organised by Sander), with our hosts and 3 other teams. Richmond looked very strong and went into the final game needing a win to lift the trophy. In a tense game, Richmond beat OVV D3 2-0 and were delighted to top off a great weekend with the win.


The 3rd Anglo-Dutch Cup was played in June 2013, with OVV C1 competing with Richmond U14s (managed by Josh Bates), Whaley Bridge Juniors and local rivals Poynton JFC. The tournament was again played in an excellent spirit and was made even more special with the visit of a special guest- ex Manchester United coach and fellow Dutchman, Rene Meulensteen. Rene presented to winner’s trophy to OVV, who beat Richmond 2-0 in the final.


After two successful meetings in 2013, we went one better, with the Richmond Vets team visiting OVV in August to compete in the Over-35 Tournament. After a tour of the village on the Friday, the Vets opened up with a win against one of the OVV teams. Results then went downhill and they finished 3rd in the group, meaning they were now playing for 5th-8th position. Richmond won the first semi-final on penalties to play in the 5th/6th place playoff. A determined performance saw Richmond snatch a late goal against one of the OVV teams to claim a respectable 5th place.


In 2014 it was the turn of Nik Hynes’ Under 12s to visit Oostvoorne, which was the 10th meeting of our two great clubs.

In 2015 and 2016 we took 2 teams to Oostvoorne. It is fantastic to see how much this relationship has grown and long may it continue to flourish, for the benefit of all of the youngsters at Richmond Rovers and OVV Oostvoorne.