Port of Zeebrugge supports FC Zeehaven Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge supports FC Zeehaven Zeebrugge

Rooting “zij aan zij” (side by side) for the local soccer team

Today FC Zeehaven Zeebrugge and Port of Zeebrugge toasted to the renewed sponsorship of the local soccer club. To celebrate the cooperation on a large scale, a special clinic (i.e. training) was organized for the youngest fanatics under the supervision of top players of KV Club-Brugge Brandon Mechele and Cisse Sandra. After the match, CEO of the Port of Zeebrugge handed over the cheque as a sign of pride in the dedication and commitment of the sports club to young and old.   

“Zij aan zij” (Side by side) on the sidelines    

The idea of a clinic for the U6 to U11 came about as a result of the new communication campaign "zij aan zij" (side by side), with which the port authority of Zeebrugge wants to reach a hand to the people living in the vicinity and visitors to the port area. The well-being of the residents and the environment plays a crucial role for the prosperity and activities of the port. Not only is Port of Zeebrugge an important economic driver for the region, but it also brings the environment and the (international) economy closer together. Through various initiatives, the port authority hopes to narrow the gap between both pillars and promote everyone's interests.    

Wim Baert, Board Director of FC Zeehaven Zeebrugge: "Football should be for everyone, including children and young people who do not have it easy financially. Therefore, the renewed sponsorship of the port authority of Zeebrugge certainly offers new opportunities to promote soccer "side by side" for all fans. As a board, we have only one rule: to win every week. Either by giving children and young people the opportunity to learn from their mistakes or by (literally) bringing home the victory. We consider the financial support of Port of Zeebrugge a victory as well, a triumph for the development and joy of our youngest generations, on and off the field." 
Tom Hautekiet, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: "With the new support for FC Zeebrugge Zeehaven, the port authority wants to thank the local soccer club with pride for their hard work and commitment. Sport and games are important factors for a healthy mind in a healthy body, a principle we can only complement. Giving joy to the youngest soccer fans shows the perseverance and enthusiasm of the board and all employees. Through our campaign “zij aan zij supporteren” (rooting side by side), we hope to strengthen (even more) the bond with the residents and the environment and together encourage our smallest players to give their best on the field."    



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With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management. 


The telephone number +32 492 15 41 39 is only for press inquiries. For other questions you can mail to communicatie@portofantwerpbruges.com

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