The first time in "An encounter with" an encounter
with the coach of the team and creator of this site,
Arjan Abbink. He will be the first in this series of articles.
In the future we will try to let every member of the team have
a go in this series. But first the coach.......
My name is Arjan Abbink, I am 32 years old and the coach of this
Oirschot Vooruit ladies soccer team since 1997. Soccer has always been
an important part of my life. I have been playing in the 3rd class of the Royal
Netherlands Soccer League with S.V. Marum
Me coaching career at Oirschot Vooruit started as a spectator.
Fanatical as I was I was shouting to the ladies even when I
wasn't the coach. When the coach
of the team stopped coaching at the end of the season a replacement
was not so difficult to find and the captain of the team asked me
to become the new coach. Considering it a challenge, my appointment was a fact
and I started a new job at Oirschot Vooruit as a coach.
The same year the second ladies soccer team stopped existing and
the ladies who wanted to continue were put together with the
ladies of the first team. Being a challenge of its own we all
worked hard to make something out of it and created a solid and
good team. Even the playing qualities have gone up. That the
soccer playing qualities went up is also because of the trainer
Maikel Croes who, together with me, has put a lot of effort and
time into these ladies to make them better then tey were. The
fanatism that we two have put into the ladies has payed off, we
What started as a coincidence has become something I , and I
hope the ladies also, enjoy doing a lot. Every sunday it's an
early get up but when I'm on the field again everything comes
In my private life I live together with my future wife Kobie.
We are living now in an appartment in Eindhoven but we bought a
new house near our work lately. We both work on the airbase Eindhoven
were my transport unit is stationned with cargo-planes like
the Fokker 60 Utility and the Fokker 50 (VIP) which I'm flying.
Yes, in my profesional life I'm a Air Force transport pilot.
We fly around Europe in our Fokkers of which you can see some
The Fokker-60 Utility...
..the Fokker-50 VIP...
....and this is my office.
The cooperation with the ladies and the committee of Oirschot
Vooruit have been very good until now. In fact they have become
even better during the period I'm coaching the ladies.
We are spending a lot of prime time together on the soccerfield
and ' hope we can continue this for some time.
Last but not least I would like to thank the committee of
Oirschot Vooruit for the support they have given us during the last
two seasons. The fact that the ladies became part of the top of the club
has been a big step but an appriciated one, THANKS !
Greetings Arjan Abbink