The passion of a goalkeeper heart

She had a dream. To defend the national goal, like her idol Hans van Breukelen. And she did. Her talent, passion and fighting spirit brought Bianca Oskam (34) the ideal place under the orange bar. But unfortunately made an injury prematurely ended her fledgling career. Yet they fought their way out of the valley and is now back with pleasure on the field: as coach of the youth keepers of  Drechtstreek in Papendrecht.

Excited voices. The dry sound of well-targeted teaching against the ropes. And you smell that? It's the smell of grass and dried mud after a much too warm winter. "Not on your stomach but on your side!" Sounds over the fields of Sportpark Oostpolder. It can not be far. A brightly colored billboard of ' next to the entrance gate confirms our suspicion that this is the training ground for the young goalkeepers of the F-teams. The domain of Bianca Oskam.


Knees slightly bent, fists clenched. Her twinkling eyes follow every movement of her pupils. 'Good salvation! "And if the ball is still flying in," Does not matter, you were okay on your side!' Bianca has a positive word for everyone. "It's about confidence in those guys. When you see what a compliment with them ... Moreover, I prefer that they not catch the ball again but go right to the corner than they prevent him four times in the wrong way. Take Quinten "she points to a group of boys waiting. "That boy there with on his tracksuit. He's been so busy with his sport. He's doing something with my directions. And that's what counts. I want those boys and girls playfully teach the basic technique. "The enthusiasm is typical of the sympathetic Sliedrecht. It is the same passion with which she herself practiced her sport for years. Since she was 10 she went through all the check-teams at the local football club. Her reward: a place under the crossbar at the Dutch women's Eftal. It was unfortunately short-lived. As a result of a lingering injury forced them took leave of her beloved sport at the age of 22. "I was a bit of upside," Bianca confesses. "About seven years to be exact ..."

Line to play soccer

Still, her heart remained restless keeper. "When I was asked to come and train the youth of Drechtstreek, I did not have to think. I think it is a good development. You used to often take turns goalkeeper in the lower teams. When it lived not so. Now there seems to boys and girls opt for this position, it is important they are also good mentor and coach. "It's not the only difference with the past, experiencing Bianca. 'The game has become much more active. Line keeper to sweeping keeper. And the material has become much more professional. I had barely protect my suits but now runs the hips quite streamlined on the knees and shins. And what about the gloves? Additional reinforcement, cushioning foam, better grip ... especially for young goalkeepers ideal. Fortunately, there is the advent of various specialty stores as always get more for keepers of this young age. Good things are really the foundation. "

future Dream

Bianca combines coaching with a busy job as a nurse in psychiatry. Although they would like it, she does so not all matches of her pupils. How do they see the future? "I hope the boys and girls I now keep up can coach every year. That I can really guide you to the senior teams and anything can mean in their growth. If I do not ever want to make it my profession "with a smile"? Well, who knows. "

Bianca makes its regular appearance in the shop keeper to lend a helping hand or to give tips to novice keepers.













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