Minister Bart Tommelein kicks off G football at KDB Cup

Just like last year, the spectators can enjoy demonstration matches by G-teams during the KDB Cup. On Saturday 2 June at 12.30, the G-teams of Sparta Petegem, Lembeekse Grasduikers and G-football Marke will play a demonstration match. The kick-off will be given by Flemish Minister of Finance, Budget and Energy Bart Tommelein.

The 3rd edition of the KDB Cup again brings together a lot of young talent. Twelve top teams from home and abroad will compete for the coveted KDB Cup trophy. Alongside AZ Alkmaar (Ned), RSC Anderlecht (Bel), Club Brugge KV (Bel), Chelsea FC (Eng), KAA Gent (Bel), KRC Genk (Bel), PSG (Fra) and Odense BK (Den), the KDB Cup welcomes Zenit St. Petersburg (Rus), JK Besiktas (Tur) for the first time. Borussia Dortmund (Ger) and Kevin De Bruyne's team, Manchester City (Eng). Besides these top teams, also G-teams get a place at the KDB Cup. Just like last year, there will be demonstration matches on Saturday afternoon of G-football for children with disabilities. Modified rules mean they can play their favourite sport in a club context.

"At the KDB Cup, the experience of football for young and old is paramount, both on and off the field. We bring together various aspects, with top football from possible future football stars, youth football with the Football Flanders World Cup for children aged 7 to 12, and G football.Chairman Paul Naudts clarifies.

The fact that G-football gets a place at the KDB Cup is pretty logical because Kevin De Bruyne is very fond of this discipline. In 2014, the Red Devil was one of the faces of campaign of the Special Olympics, the Olympic Games for people with mental disabilities. KVE Drongen, the team where Kevin De Bruyne started as a six year old, is starting next football season with a G-team and candidates can still register at tom.debacker00@telenet.be.

The kick-off for the demonstration matches of the G-teams is given by Flemish Minister of Energy Bart Tommelein. The connection energy and G-football may seem remote, but it is not. Apart from the fact that the children play with a lot of energy and passion, one of the companies supporting G-football Marke is the energy company Vyncke. The company from Harelbeke is a world player in the field of renewable energy. "A G-team needs more support and guidance. So you do need a lot of partners and resources".Dave Vanhoutte, founder of G-Marke, explains.

The kick-off of the demonstration competitions starts Saturday, June 2 at 12.30 on the grounds of KVE Drongen, Sint-Gerolfstraat 16, 9031 Drongen.