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INTERVIEW DH

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A few days after the end of our crowdfunding, we were honored by the DH. The opportunity for Maximilien Peeters to give an update and to present The Agency to the general public

INTERVIEW CHLOE CAULIER - LE SOIR

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In its July 24th edition, the newspaper Le Soir devoted a whole page to our climber Chloé Caulier. She talks about her daily life, her goals and also about her post-career.

ACADEMY PROJECT FOR YOUNG BOYS & GIRLS

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WHO IS MANYIMA STEVELMANS? WHERE DOES SHE COMES FROM ?
I am Manyima Stevelmans and 21 years old. I was born and raised in Brufut, Gambia until the age of 6. When you are born in Gambia, you don't really have a good future ahead of you. There is a lot of poverty; no clean drinking water, little to no food every day and no clothes or shoes as we know them here in the Netherlands. That was the same for me.
                                                 
At the age of 6, my sister and I were adopted and started our lives in the Netherlands. Luckily for me, that meant I could finally make something good out of my life and make my dreams come true. Because in Gambia it is common for women to clean, take care of the food and give birth to children at a young age. From the Gambian culture it was always said that dreams were there to sleep well, but not to make them a reality because no one really managed to do that there.

HERE'S PART OF HER STORY...
This motivated me to always work hard and to make it to the top. Both with track and field where I always belonged to the top of the Netherlands and later with football.
I had to keep following my dreams. That's why, at the age of 18, I decided to move to America to play football and study at Navarro College in Texas.

HER DREAM AND HER GOAL
I wish the same for all children who have a dream to make football their work like me. I know that football is very much alive there. They almost breathe it. For the youth, the sport is a way out of the life they lead. Football allows them to change their minds and just enjoy themselves with their friends. They stay away from the street through football and therefore also away from crime. Which, by the way, is very difficult because it is an easier way to get money if you have to make sure that your family has food and shelter. Through football they can dream again, it gives them a reason to get up in the morning and find strength to dare to see life positively again. I would like to work on this together. First of all, there should be better facilities such as a straight field with grass (you would think that is self-evident but unfortunately that is not the case) instead of a sand field. There is a lot of talent in the country but they cannot develop as we do here in Europe because there are simply no facilities. Clothing footwear and especially balls, there is a lack of everything. With the support of The Agency, I wish through football to bring a socio-educational project there in The Gambia in my native country to bring children to flourish through sport. This project to develop a football academy is very important to me. Women's football is also booming in my home country. Country of origin for which I dream of representing its colors in future women's international matches. . Because it turns out that recently our national team was born.
Today, thanks also to my meeting with Edrisa Sonko (former international pro footballer Gambia) I want to give this youth the opportunity to move forward in lifeA football field is a place where you can talk, exchange. Young people must learn good manners, have respect and humanity while practicing their favorite sport for both girls and boys.
 
"Don't dream your life, live your dream." That's my motto!

CECIFOOT CHARLEROI 06 & 07 MAI 2022

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Cécifoot (or Five-a-side, Paralympic name) is an adaptation of 5-a-side football for the visually impaired and blind. This discipline was born in Brazil in the 1950s. Balls are plastic bottles containing pebbles to obtain a noise audible by the visually impaired. Then, under the impetus of King Pelé, sound balls were manufactured, especially in prisons, and sent all over the world to make the practice of blind football accessible to all. It was in 2013 that Cécifoot Charleroi asbl was created thanks to Jean-Michel and Michel Bertinchamps.

Come and discover this beautiful sports practice

Address : Rue Bois Plante 228, 6001 Marcinelle

RUGBY À 7 FÉMININ

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We are delighted to announce the collaboration with the Stevins Twin Sisters. All 2 players in the national rugby 7 team : Heloise and Margaux. If Belgian rugby, and men, develops to XV, it grows rather to VII on the women's side. In any case, the twins Stevins, Héloïse and Margaux, do what they can to carry it high. And these two charming rugby women break the image of rugby !

Heloise: "I am delighted to be able to collaborate with an agency like this. "The Agency" makes it possible to improve the follow-up of high-level athletes from different disciplines. The people who make up "the Agency" are people passionate about sport and performance development by helping athletes to be in the best conditions. A collaboration like this is a step forward to improve my quality of life. Thanks to the Agency, I will feel supported and helped to achieve my goals in more optimal conditions. They take care of a good number of athletes from different disciplines and this sharing between the athletes and each other's experiences is great and take back the team spirit that is so important to me. To have people who surround me my life in this way will allow me to have a life facilitated, more optimal and focused on performance."

Margaux : "I am super happy to be able to benefit from accompaniment and support from people who are professional and who also have experience in sport. This allows us to be able to meet some of our needs and especially to have people ready and available to help us do it. The objective of this collaboration is really to optimize our needs and allow us to focus as much as possible on the sporting aspect, less on the extras. Being a high-level amateur athlete is not always easy to manage with work, and collaboration should simplify some of the difficulties that we may encounter in our daily lives. Super happy to join the Agency and meet the team soon."

MATCHDAY CECIFOOT 05/03/2022

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Cécifoot (or Five-a-side, Paralympic name) is an adaptation of 5-a-side football for the visually impaired and blind. This discipline was born in Brazil in the 1950s. Balls are plastic bottles containing pebbles to obtain a noise audible by the visually impaired. Then, under the impetus of King Pelé, sound balls were manufactured, especially in prisons, and sent all over the world to make the practice of blind football accessible to all. It was in 2013 that Cécifoot Charleroi asbl was created thanks to Jean-Michel and Michel Bertinchamps.

The role of The Agency will be to help this organization to support them in their new development projects. As by the creation of an independent infrastructure and by the organization, or participation, in various and  competitions that would allow our blind footballers to progress and flourish fully without extra-sporting concerns.

The axes of our collaboration aim to: the development of the visually impaired person, access to an adapted and quality sports activity, integration into society through the vector of sport, sharing with other people with the same disability, improving the confidence and autonomy of these people with a visual impairment. 

A 1st event will be organized this Saturday 05 March 2022 at 11am at the Arena Indoor Wavre. With an explosive game opposing the team of Cécifoot de Charleroi and Standard de Liège in a friendly game.

Come and discover this beautiful sports practice

Address : Arena Indoor Wavre, Avenue Pasteur 2A, 1300 Wavre

Free Entry

KEVIN MIRALLAS TO MOREIRENSE

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Ex-Red Devil Kevin Mirallas can put on his football boots again. Mirallas moves to Portugal after his Turkish adventure at Gaziantep. At Moreirense (15th in the Primeira Liga), he may help his former trainer in Turkey, Ricardo Sa Pinto (ex-Standard), to fight against relegation.

Kevin Mirallas has signed a contract until the end of the season at Moreirense. The Portuguese club announced this today. The 34-year-old former Red Devil was without a club since his contract with Turkish side Gaziantep was not renewed last season.

Previously, Mirallas, a youth product of Standard, scored his goals for Lille (2004-2008), Saint-Etienne (2008-2010), Olympiakos (2010-2012 and 2018), Everton (2012-2017), Fiorentina (2018-2019) and Antwerp (2019-2020).

Moreirense is fighting against relegation in the Primeira Liga. After 19 match days, the club of coach Ricardo Sa Pinto (ex-Standard) is 15th in the standings with 16 points. Last season Sa Pinto was also Mirallas' trainer at Gaziantep.

THE AGENCY ON THE ROAD

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Maximilien Peeters & Thomas Van Den Balck were invited on BXFM Radio to talk about The Agency.

INTERVIEW JEREMY WIBERS

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Jeremy Wilbers is currently in India with the Young Red Lions competing at the Junior World Cup. After their opening game & first win, Jeremy took the time to have a chat with us.

INTERVIEW POLLEN MAGAZINE

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Last week Maximilien Peeters (CEO) and Thomas Van den Balck (COO) had an interview with Pollen Magazine about starting up The Agency and about their vision towards the future.

Maximilien explained how The Agency works through their three departments of marketing & sponsorship, legal & risk and financial & investments: "The combination of our skills allows us to provide our talents with sound advice that will help them to progress as individuals, but also allow their families to prosper, both in the short and long term. Understand that this is a complementary service to that offered by agents.”

Thomas Van den Balck, whose mission is to manage the agency on a daily basis, is very confident about this new professional challenge. "We have already finalized partnerships with nearly 25 athletes from soccer, golf, field hockey, sailing and boxing. Kevin Mirallas, Vincent Vanash, Gauthier Boccard and Ryad Mehry, to name but a few, have joined The Agency.”

And if the portfolio of athletes is already very diversified, Maximilien and Thomas insist on their will, in the short term, to sign partnerships with extra-sporting personalities such as DJs, artists, actors, singers, and, why not, great chefs. “The idea is to quickly build a solid reputation thanks to "a substantial and qualitative group of talents".
Read the full article on www.pollenmag.com!

Writer // Robert Josz - Photography // Sébastien Van de Walle

INTERVIEW DE TIJD & L'ECHO

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TOM BOON & SCHWEPPES

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Tom Boon was asked by Schweppes to speak about his experience and journey with the Red Lions. Schweppes wanted to show their employees what it takes to become a top player and to be part of a top team. Tom told about the story of the Red Lions starting in Beijing 2008 until their gold medal in Tokyo 2021. He told about all the struggles and difficulties they had to overcome in order to achieve their goal. Schweppes wanted to give a message through this presentation that you only can achieve great things if you work hard together. The people at Schweppes we’re very excited about the way Tom told the story of the Red Lions and also their employees we’re impressed

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