The rugby players from ERC'69 in Enschede are celebrating a special anniversary this weekend. The club has been in existence for fifty years and to reflect on that, former international Tim Visser gave a special clinic to the youth and seniors.
"We came into contact with him via Facebook," says president Stefan Knap of the rugby club about the clinic of the former Scottish international. "It is great that he will be giving a clinic here with our 50th anniversary." Visser played in Scotland for years and was therefore eligible for the national team, where he made 33 international matches.
"We didn't want to miss him, that's why we're here for the clinic," laughs participant Liselott Velthuis. "He is my example, I play in exactly the position of the Dutch team," says Carmen Bekkers.
However, the guest training was not easy to follow for every participant. "He only spoke English," says Storm Hemssems. "It was exciting to be with him, but I think I did well." The training was given in English because a large part of the selection from Twente is foreign. "Our first team consists mainly of students," said Chairman Knap about the team that will play second class this season.
Visser himself particularly enjoyed the enthusiasm of the participants. "That is often the case with clubs like this, everyone participated and that is great to see," the former international said afterwards. Visser gave the Enschede youth a tip to become a professional rugby player: "Listen to your trainer and do your best", the rugby player believes.
ERC'69 continued the golden jubilee with a Lustrum party in the heart of Enschede and a special tournament for the veterans.