Esther Vergeer, Rotterdam, Court, Inclusive play

Charlois district has the first interactive sports wall in Rotterdam

The first interactive sports wall is installed at Dokhavenpark in Charlois, a district in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It is also the first Esther Vergeer foundation Court in the city. Esther Vergeer who is a seven medal Paralympic tennis champion, opened the renewed playground together with Alderman Sven de Langen (education, youth and healthcare) and children of the public elementary school Charlois.

The playground at Dokhavenpark in Charlois is completely renewed. They have the first interactive sports wall in Rotterdam. This interactive wall combines play, sports and gaming and is an example of the new way of playing. Kick or throw a ball against the wall, break your own personal record and receive your score on your mobile phone: play together with your friends and find out who can shoot the hardest or who is the best at serving the ball when it comes to tennis.

Alderman Sven de Lang: ‘Playing outside and doing sports is important and also a lot of fun. You see your friends more often and stay fit. Children could play outside more often. At this place you can enjoy yourself and everybody is welcome to join. That is what we want in our city. I am convinced that from now on children will say: ‘Let´s go outside!’ more often.

First Esther Vergeer Court

Dokhavenpark together with the interactive sports wall is also the first Esther Vergeer Foundation Court of Rotterdam. Children with and without disabilities are able to play together here. Paralympic tennis champion Esther Vergeer: ‘It is important that there are places that are accessible for all children and that there is given the opportunity to do sports together, outside and at sports clubs. That is what I try to make possible through the Esther Vergeer foundation.´

The Paralympic champions of this year also started like this. Look what this led to: ‘The Paralympic athletes won seven Olympic medals in Korea. That success starts small, like at Dokhavenpark. It leads to great personal victories and eventually in the future probably even more successes in sports.’

Local residents and children have thought along about the implementation of the playground. There was a need for a place where young and old, with and without a disability can sport and play together. These wishes were taken into account whilst designing the playground and has led to this beautiful result, the Ester Vergeer inclusive court.

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"It is important that there are places that are accessible for all children and that there is given the opportunity to do sports together, outside and at sports clubs. That success starts small, like at Dokhavenpark. It leads to great personal victories and eventually in the future probably even more successes in sports."
Esther Vergeer - 4 times paralympic gold medal winner with a winning streak of 470 matches