Watch the moment in which the WonderboyZ receive their shirts in the video below.
Note: the video and the subtitles are in Dutch.
The WonderboyZ are adolescents with a mental or physical disability who do different kinds of tasks in the Johan Cruijff ArenA for five days a week. Under the supervision of cleaning company CSU, they help clean the seats and remove stickers. The adolescents fulfill an important roll in keeping the stadium clean and representative. The Johan Cruijff ArenA and cleaning partner CSU actively support initiatives like the WonderboyZ to help people who are distanced from the job market get work.
‘You've got to imagine what it does to the boys and girls, from the moment the gate opens at the ArenA to actually being in the stadium. Recently a few of the guys got to clean the dug-outs, and then they look back to the field and you can see in their eyes that that's a magical moment for them. Just like when they enter the changing rooms of the players. They're able to fully enjoy it, even when they have to work at the end of the day’, tells Marc van Wonderen who started the initiative. He is a former football player and trainer, who offers day activities at unique football locations like the ArenA.
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