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Rinus, the KNVB’s online assistant coach platform, has come second in the projects category of the UEFA Grassroosts Awards 2020. The KNVB's trainer tool received praise from the UEFA for its strong content and design, its functionality and the fact that many special training sessions were also offered on the platform to comply with social distancing rules during the coronavirus crisis. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, 25,000 amateur trainers per month were reached who were able to provide training adapted to the circumstances.
With the silver medal in the election of Best Grassroots Project 2020, Rinus receives international recognition from UEFA and the 55 European federations. The award was created ten years ago to highlight special and progressive football projects. Each European Football Association is entitled to submit its own project for election each year.
In 2020, the gold medal went to Etnoliga in Warsaw, Poland, an annual football competition for immigrant communities, which also looks to support refugees, women, LGBT+ and other underprivileged groups. The bronze medal went to the 'Football in Prison' project of the Spanish football association RFEF, which has been facilitating football in prisons since 2007 to promote reintegration into society.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rinus has shown to be able to meet the needs of trainers and players. The online trainer platform offers online exercises which players can practice at home, but also training forms for coaches in which all players stay 1.5 metres away from each other. Depending on the prevailing coronary rules from the government at that time, these training forms could easily be applied at home or at the club.
Every day, thousands of football coaches take to the pitch to train their players. Ranging from well-meaning parents to qualified trainers/coaches, these people make amateur football possible and are key to the development of emerging football talent.
Rinus has been specially designed to cater for these coaches. The online platform and the accompanying app offers them access to hundreds of exercises and ready-made training schedules at any time of the day. Rinus gives them the inspiration to teach their players – men, women, boys and girls - how to enjoy and improve their game.