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CUBA STANDARD — Dutch shipping company Nirint Shipping, a major cargo line connecting Cuba with Europe, is sponsoring soccer clinics for talented youth in Cuba.

The workshops run from Jan. 6-10 and are arranged by De Feyenoord Academy, which is connected to Feyenoord Rotterdam, one of the Netherlands’ most successful professional soccer clubs.

The initiative comes from Rotterdam Topsport and Nirint. A Dutch TV station, RTV Rijnmond, will air an extensive report about the initiative Jan. 2o.

The workshops at Havana’s Estadio Pedro Marrero, for 500 boys and girls ages 6-16, will be led by two Feyenoord coaches and former professional players Ulrich van Gobbel and Robin Nelisse. The Rotterdam coaches will also spend a day scouting for Cuban top talents.

Soccer is enjoying fast-growing popularity among young Cubans.

The Nirint-sponsored initiative coincides with a high-profile visit of a delegation led by Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

Teaching youth in Havana: Robin Nelisse


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