VVV and Venlo – What does this connection mean to you?
I think that the football club plays a very important role in Venlo. Everywhere in the city you can see associations with VVV. When I lived in Amsterdam myself, I couldn’t think of Venlo without linking it to VVV. I also think that the people of Venlo feel very much connected to VVV, in good times and bad.
What does the strong connection with German supporters and sponsors mean to VVV?
I think it is very nice to see that we also have many German supporters and sponsors as a Dutch football club. The VVV stadium is close to the border and we have many clubs in the vicinity in the Netherlands. That is why I think it is very good that VVV is very active on the German market, despite the fact that Mönchengladbach is only a fifteen-minute drive from Venlo.
Why do you like to live and work in this region? What distinguishes this region?
This is already my 8th season with VVV. I have always felt very much at home in Venlo, right from the beginning. Of course, it is not comparable to Amsterdam in terms of size, but in terms of coziness it certainly is. There is always a lot to do in the city and its surroundings. I think Venlo has a very nice city center with lots of nice, cozy cafés and restaurants. The location of Venlo is also very favorable. You can actually be in all kinds of other large cities within 45 minutes. Eindhoven, Maastricht, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, all big cities, where you can also go shopping within a 70/80 km drive. Moreover, my children enjoy going to school here and everything is very easy-going.
What is the best way to enjoy your free time in Venlo and its surroundings? What are the hidden gems?
There are plenty of fun opportunities to spend your free time in Venlo. In the summer there are many activities in the Juliana Park, such as Stereo Sunday and Lekker Venlo. Here you can go with your family and there are many activities. It is also very nice to go to a restaurant in the city in the cosy old streets of Venlo. We ourselves often eat at the Maasboulevard, where you look out over the river Maas. There are also several natural areas in Venlo, plenty of choice for cycling or walking on your day off.