KLL - Westlandia Exchange
Kingston Little League have had a relationship with a Dutch football team, who are located in Naaldwijk, called RKVV Westlandia for many years now. Having formed this link with Westlandia it means that we can send a squad of KLL players to be hosted by Dutch families and enjoy a different culture. The visit to Holland takes place during the Easter weekend and the next year the players from Westlandia come over to England and are then hosted by us. After the two years we select a new squad to go up to Naaldwijk to take part in the experience.
On the Friday, we travel from Latchmere all the way to Naaldwijk where the team are introduced to their host families and then go back to their houses. Everyone comes together later that day to play in the traditional Westlandia v Kingston Little League game. The next day our team participate in a tournament against other sides that play in Holland. On the Sunday our hosts put on an Easter breakfast for all of the children and then they go off to take part in some fun activities. In the evening the two teams are split and mixed up into four teams and they play a 6-a-side indoor tournament. On Monday we say goodbye and thank you to our hosts for looking after us and begin our journey back to England.
The next year they travel to us where we play them in the usual Friday night game. On Saturday we look to take the Dutch boys to a Barclays Premier League game or to take part in an alternate activity. The next day we organise a tournament at a local club and invite Sunday sides to play, with Westlandia also participating. Later in the evening we take them on a London bus tour so they can see the city. On Monday we say goodbye and wish them a safe return journey home.
Everyone who attends, whether that be a parent helper, one of the players or those that come to give support have a great time. The facilities at Westlandia are fantastic and the trip is worthwhile experience for all.
Please take a look at our reports from previous years as well as the photos that were taken during the Easter weekend.