Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has explained why he and his fellow Oranje internationals have donated money to help struggling amateur sides.

On Monday, the KNVB announced that an emergency fund of €11 million had been set up to help all struggling amateur and professional clubs, who have come into financial struggles due to the corona virus outbreak.

Netherlands internationals from the men’s and women’s team, along with the U21’s have all donated to the fund.

Oranje captain Virgil van Dijk said in the statement, “We play football all over the world, in the most beautiful stadiums. The biggest matches and the best competitions. But you never forget where you started. Our old amateur clubs. There are all wonderful memories there. Just now amateur football needs a helping hand. We are happy that we can give something back in this difficult time, so that today’s footballers also have a bright future. “

Jong Oranje captain Teun Koopmeiners added, “We would also like to support these clubs from Jong Oranje to help them through this difficult period. We hope that our contribution will help and that we will soon be able to be healthy on the football field again. “

Netherlands women’s captain Sari van Veenendaal added, “Our yell for the international match is: strong Orange Lionesses together. Now that it is important outside the field, I am happy that we can also do our bit and we can literally work together.”

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