UNA Football Club is the highest-playing amateur club in the Eindhoven region, and currently plays in the Third division. UNA was founded on November 7, 1929 by residents of Zeelst, a village, part of Veldhoven, and in this jubilee year several festivities and events will be organized, as well for members as non-members.
“That’s also one of the important pillars of UNA,” according to Willem Bakermans, chairman of the senior board. “We would like to be a second home for our members, but at the same time be hospitable to people who are not members of our football club. This certainly also applies to the many internationals who live here. Our club house is open every day of the week and everyone is more than welcome to have a cup of coffee or a glass of beer here. Especially for the people who are new to this area, this offers a great opportunity to make contacts before or after watching a match. We also applaud it if internationals want to join our club, but we don’t have the intention of forming a special “expat team”. In our view it is much better to let the international be part of an already existing team, this also helps him/her in finding new friends”.
Dick Bijkerk, chairman of the youth board, adds: “In our board meetings every now and then we discussed that we don’t have to many internationals as members, especially when we look at our colleagues from DBS, who are only 3 kilometers away. But the internationals are very welcome, as Willem already said.
We’re running a financially healthy football club with 55 junior and senior teams, in addition there is a women’s and a veterans team. Willem and Dirk have one big wish: “At this moment we have only one artificial pitch. To provide all our members the best possible circumstances for training and playing matches, we urgently need an extra artificial pitch. For this , we depend on the municipality of Veldhoven, as the accommodation is their property. We are constantly in contact about this, and have good hope that the municipality will decide to make this, for us, much needed investment.
Certainly when having the extra artificial pitch, both gentlemen have full confidence in a prosperous future for UNA. Willem: “We are an amateur association on paper, but Dick, I, all the other board members, technical staff and last but not least all our volunteers, are working all week to make our organization work on a professional basis, so our members are happy to come to the training or matches. Our goal is to have all our youth teams play at the highest level, and to return with our first team, the flagship of the club, to the Second Division. However, we are very aware that we also have many members who just want to kick a ball in the weekend and have fun. To make sure that both groups like it in the same football club: that’s what’s it all about for us. Last words for Dick: “I hope this article will encourage the internationals to visit our accommodation” and laughing: “Most should know us anyway, because our sports park is just about on the route from Meerhoven to the High Tech Campus and ASML”.