The clubhouse is the only available social space for unaccompanied minors in Ter Apel. It is always filled with energy, life and spirit.
In addition to the sports library, music and television that are always available at the clubhouse, the project offers a diverse activity schedule.
Check out the agenda to see what we're up to and the activities coming up. We are currently recruiting a fulltime clubhouse manager to organise daily activities.
01 December ’23
16:00 - 18:00
Weekly Football training with Onyekachi
Want to learn some new football skills from a former professional player? Join Onyekachi, former Nigerian pro, for his popular football training.
04 December ’23
15:00 - 16:00
Weekly Social Workouts by Tim
To kick the week off, come join the fun training sessions with Tim. We play dodgeball, basketball, and football.
05 December ’23
15:30 - 16:30
Bi-weekly Bootcamp with Nagi
Bootcamp session with a trainer from Basic-Fit. While "bootcamp" sounds scary, Nagi keeps the workout light and fun!
Impact so far
- Since the start of our project, over 2,000 unaccompanied minors have joined the activities and enjoyed the clubhouse facility.
- The clubhouse is the only open social space in the unaccompanied minors section where the youngsters can come and socialise outside of their dorms. This combats isolation, loneliness and offers a fruitful place for new friendships to blossom.
- By painting their clubhouse and the football court in front of it, the youths have brought loads of colour to the area and also ensured a sense of ownership and belonging for them, crucial for a feeling of inclusion in Ter Apel.
- From the start, refugees have been involved in managing the project. At first, a team of adult residents of the reception centre ran it, followed by Samra, from Pakistan and today, Onyekachi, from Nigeria, who organises weekly football trainings for the youth.
- In Samra, many young girls in Ter Apel saw an example, alongside whom they could also play, learn and take part in the fun. For some, it was the first time they played basketball or tried roller blading!
- "Kachi" is also a natural role-model for the youths, on the pitch of course but also as someone who is also going through the Dutch asylum process, always with a smile, courage and determination.
- Finally, the Ter Apel Spirit is the gateway into Dutch society for many children. Thanks to project partner, the UEFA Foundation, some were able to go to the Women's Champions League final in Eindhoven. Others also got the chance to play in a football tournament in the stadium of FC Emmen, which was a huge source of excitement and pride.