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Yalp Sutu – Dokhavenpark Rotterdam

Yalp Sutu - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Dokhavenpark Rotterdam

The first interactive ball wall in the city of Rotterdam done by the Esther Vergeer foundation

The first Yalp Sutu Interactive ball wall is installed at Dokhavenpark in Charlois, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It’s also the first Esther Vergeer foundation Court done in the city. Seven-medal Paralympic tennis champion Esther Vergeer opened the renewed playground together with Alderman Sven de Langen (education, youth, and healthcare) and the kids of the local primary school Charlois.

Alderman Sven de Langen on the renewed court: “Playing outside and practicing sports is not just of great importance, it’s also a lot of fun. You meet up with your friends and remain fit by getting a workout in. With this renewed sports location, we allow all visitors to enjoy themselves and welcome everyone to come out and play. This is something we’re actively stimulating in our city. I am convinced that from now on, kids will say ‘let’s go outside to play,’ more often.”

"It's important that we provide places accessible for everyone and give all the opportunity to practice sports together in public spaces and sports clubs."

Yalp Sutu - Dokhavenpark - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Yalp Sutu - Dokhavenpark - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Yalp Sutu - Dokhavenpark - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Yalp Sutu - Dokhavenpark - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The first Esther Vergeer Court in Rotterdam

The Sutu at Dokhavenpark is the first interactive playset in Rotterdam that’s integrated into a court by the Esther Vergeer Foundation. Dokhavenpark is an inclusive play court where people of all ages and abilities are provided a chance to play together. Esther Vergeer: “We must provide places accessible for everyone and give all the opportunity to practice sports together in public spaces and sports clubs. This is what I’m thriving to establish through the Esther Vergeer foundation.”

She continues: “The Paralympic champions of this year also started their careers like this; by training outside public spaces. Look what this did for them; they won seven Paralympic medals in Korea! Successes like this always start small, e.g., at courts like Dokhavenpark. It leads to great personal victories and eventually in the future to even more successes in the sports segment.”

Residents and children have shared their thoughts on how to implement the playground and the requirements needed. There was a great need for a place where young and old, abled and lesser abled, can play sports and have fun together. These wishes were taken into account during the designing process of the playground and have led to the realization of this great inclusive play court done by the Esther Vergeer foundation.

"With this renewed sports location, we allow all visitors to enjoy themselves and welcome everyone to come out and play."