Ajax has signed an expansion agreement with Guangzhou R&F FC during Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar’s trip in China this week. In the expanded agreement, the Ajax team at R&F will be strengthened by three more staff members.
Ajax and Guangzhou R&F FC started a partnership in youth development since beginning of 2018. In the previous agreement, Ajax delivered four staff members to Guangzhou R&F. At this moment, Ajax has 8 staff members in total (7 technical staff members and 1 partnership coordinator) locate at R&F Football Academy, dedicated in building up the youth development structure.
Edwin van der Sar Stadium
To express respect, R&F Football Academy renamed their main stadium as “Edwin van der Sar” Stadium. After the signing ceremony, Edwin van der Sar opened the stadium in front of the students and teachers. He participated an interactive clinic with students on the newly renamed stadium afterwards.
Edwin van der Sar, CEO AFC Ajax: “We are glad and proud of this partnership expansion. It shows the satisfaction and trust from our Chinese partner, and it is the evidence that we are doing our work in a high level. We are grateful to have an honorable partner like Guangzhou R&F.”
Nicky Wong, Vice President Guangzhou R&F: "We appreciate the dedication and inspiration that Ajax staff members have been bringing to us since we are cooperating together. Everyone witnessed the improvement in the past two years in our youth development. This fact confirms our choices was correct, and we are glad that it becomes a deeper and wider partnership."