The new Feyenoord stadium has received a €24.5m (£21.7m/$27.6m) donation from a charitable body to guarantee 3,884 free tickets for local children to every home game played by the Dutch Eredivisie football club.

Charitable organisation Stichting De Verre Bergen made the donation to Stadion Feijenoord, the body behind the delivery of a new stadium for Feyenoord, which will also see the establishment of a special ‘Vak van Zuid’ zone in the new stadium.

The tickets will be given to children aged between 10 and 15, with the cash injection from De Verre Bergen to be reflected in the next version of the business and financing plan for the new stadium.

Roelof Prins, director of Stichting De Verre Bergen, said: “There are children who practically live next to the stadium, but never attend a match. We also want children from families who don’t have enough money and who live in the South to have the opportunity to taste the atmosphere in the Feyenoord stadium.”

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