Yesterday Drievliet was the location for the ADO Den Haag family day. A chance to meet the players, get autographs and pictures and also enjoy the theme park and its many attractions. I have to admit I had my doubts about ticket sales for this event, but I was happy enough to be proved wrong. There was a great turn out and a fun atmosphere for everybody to enjoy.
The first presentation was of the ADO ladies team, the whole squad given a great cheer as they came onto the stage. They were a lot more relaxed than the men’s team when they came on a few minutes later..
After a squad presentation early on, the players were sent off to different rides and attractions throughout the park, allowing it to feel a lot more free and easy; making is not as crushed for signings etc as happen at the other family days when all the players are together. This meant there were far more happy faces around as the children and their parents could get closer to the players and have that bit of extra time for some one on one interaction.
There were plenty of stalls that were being run by different fan groups, selling shirts and other souvenirs, a blaze of green and yellow enjoying the park despite the gloomy looking weather.
It was easy to spot who the favourites were in the squad. Wesley Verhoek, Jens Toornstra, Gino Coutinho had huge queues around them and they looked as though there were thoroughly enjoying themselves. The kids faces were ful of delight at being close to their heroes and having pictures taken with them, the parents were just as made up too when they posed with the players.
I have a feeling Drievliet will be the venue for the next the family day next season.