May 29, 2013
Earlier this month, the very first Panna Knock Out Cup was held at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium.
The Cup tournament is the grand finale of the Laureus Panna Knock Out Project. The Project has been taking place in several areas throughout Amsterdam throughout the year.
Panna Knock Out is a fascinating and fast growing sport in the Netherlands. And is described by the sport’s official website as: “a lightning-fast form of street football in Which nutmegging your opponent is the ultimate goal! However, Panna Knock Out is about more than just nutmegs. It promotes social cohesion, an active lifestyle, personal development and participation in society.”
Being a sport with such positive social goals it’s no surprise Laureus were keen tolend some support. The Patron of the project is Laureus Ambassador and former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
And, for Edwin, the Project was one he was particularly keen on supporting, and chose to become Patron because of how important he believes it to be that these young participants are given the chance to learn the values of mutual respect through sport.
Particularly exciting news emerging from the day was that the Laureus Foundation Netherlands has secured the support of Sportservice Nederland to make certain the Panna Knock Out Project can continue for years to come.
A special treat for the youngsters taking part on the day was the presence, not just of Edwin, but also fellow Laureus Ambassador Yvonne van Gennip, who was present to honor the winners with the trophy.