The grounds of the Edegem football club Ik Dien will be the setting for the second Move to Sport Cup for Multiple Sclerosis on Saturday. “We want to raise awareness so that people talk about MS.”
The first Move to Sport Cup in 2019 was an immediate success. “With more than a thousand spectators, it was an instant hit. That same evening we decided to hold a second edition. But then corona came,” says Paul Van Asch, chairman of the organizing Move to Sport vzw.
When the corona measures were lifted, preparations were immediately restarted. “Our partners such as Ik Dien and Nicky Schippers do not hesitate for a moment. The former players who were there in 2019 also continued to ask to be present at the next edition.”
The afternoon starts at 1.30 pm with a competition between MS patients and well-known Flemish people such as Nico Sturm, Clara Cleymans, Joris Hessels, Gunther Lesage, Jennifer Heylen, Tim Van Aelst and Filip Joos.
“This is obviously an event to look forward to for our MS patients. We ask our patients to exercise with respect for everyone’s possibilities. People who can no longer play football and who are in wheelchairs come to watch. It should also be a pleasant day for them. We provide various food trucks and other fringe entertainment.”
DKN will install some fitness equipment, including three spinning bikes. If you want, you can try to climb part of the Oude Kwaremont. The images can be followed live via an app.
From 2.30 pm the former players of Beerschot, Berchem, KV Mechelen and Antwerp will start their matches in the hunt for the Move to Sport Cup. There are a lot of them, but Jonas De Roeck, Marc Van Der Linden, Rudi Smits and Nicky Schippers are already playing along.
The entrance is free. To raise funds, support cards will be sold and a raffle will be organised. “Our first intention is to make MS a topic for discussion and to raise awareness. The proceeds of the support cards go to the functioning of our non-profit organization. We do a lot of scientific work in collaboration with the University of Hasselt”, concludes Paul, who hopes that the Move to Sport Cup can now start a long series.