Ilja Van Holsteijn of the Johan Cruyff Foundation (centre) with representatives and supporters of Cruyff Court Toronto at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village on April 11,2016
On Monday April 11,Cruyff Court Toronto (Canada’s first) invitees welcomed Johan Cruyff Foundation representative Ilja Van Holsteijn to our planned Court site on the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village at 4995 Keele Street. In addition to directors of our Red Panamericana Toronto board and Toronto Azzuri Ilja met staff at the Dutch Consulate, Tamasha Grant of the Driftwood Community Centre, Jose Etcheverry of York University’s Department of Environmental Studies, our George Brown College Placement Student Quentin Fitter, Martin VanDenzen of the Dutch Touch community radio programme, Toronto soccer personality John VanderKolk and international guest Pralad Adhikari from Nepal. Plans were made for a further visit in the Fall when physical construction is expected to be under way. Among other matters we discussed with Ilja the importance of free access to the Court for local residents, the potential for sponsorship by Dutch-Canadian organizations, and our commitment to community involvement in Court governance.