Hockey in Amsterdam is saved

Hockey in Amsterdam is saved

11 Sep 2012 | Davide Tuniz
 

Last week Amsterdam Capitals announced their withdrawal from Eredivisie, but a huge fund-raising campaign did the miracle

 
 
 
 
Last week with a short press release Amsterdam Capitals announced that the team wouldn't participate in the upcoming Eredivisie due to lack of funds.

This means that for the third consecutive year, after Zoetermeer Panthers and Nijmegen Devils, a team withdraw from Dutch hockey top level and just a season after hockey resurrection in Amsterdam. "In the past weeks we were engaged with various parties to obtain financial guarantees. This is unfortunately not succeeded. We tried to postpone this decision as longer as possible in the hope of finding a solution but this didn't happen. - said the official communicate. "The Capitals' Board deeply regrets that players and coach Ron Bertling has to leave."

"It is also sad - said the same release - to note that in a city like Amsterdam seems not having space for a professional hockey team."

Capitals are not bankrupt, but chooses to not begin the professional activities due to uncertainty.

After this news a massive fund raising campaign started on social networks and among the supporters, with less hope to raise the money due to the short time. But just a week later, Amsterdam Capitals can announce the team is save and will compete in Eredivisie under the name Amsterdam G's.

The target amount of 80,000 euro is thereby achieved by the Amsterdam club. The new name of the club is based on the entry of a name sponsor for the club, the energy drink Gangster.

"The Amsterdam G's continue with fund-raising for the budget to cover up the whole season 2012/13" informs the club. Amsterdam will train next Tuesday for the first time on the ice of the Jaap Eden Baan. The initiators of the rescue are particularly delighted with the result. "After the board threw the towel last week there was a great popular initiative to allow Amsterdam hockey to compete in this season. We want to thank all generous donors from all over the Netherlands."
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