Head coach Henk Groener gives VVON members insight into team dynamics

Johan Cruyff Institute has given a select group of VVON members a Cruyffian workshop on team dynamics

Last week, a group of 30 members of the VVON, the Dutch football coaches union and official partner of Johan Cruyff Institute since 2019, came together for a Cruyffian workshop on team dynamics. The six-hour workshop was organized at professional football club Almere City, which is also a collaboration partner of the Institute.

Henk Groener, professor of the Master in Coaching at Johan Cruyff Institute, gave the football coaches, including Telstar manager Andries Jonker, more insights into the different methods and ways of working with various groups, among other things, taking his own career as a handball head coach as an example.

Arnold Westen, chairman of the VVON, was pleased with the Cruyffian session: “It was very educational for the coaches with lots of interaction between Henk and the participants. The goal of this workshop was for a coach from another sport to introduce the football coaches to various aspects that they face when putting together a successful team. It was very successful with the experienced and passionate Henk.”

Head coach Henk Groener gives VVON members insight into team dynamics

Master in Coaching professor Henk Groener

Desmond Post, one of the participants and an employee of the Johan Cruyff Foundation, thought the workshop was “very interesting because of the depth of the theme. I have learned how to get everyone to conform to their role within the team, in order to achieve the goal that everyone has in mind. An interesting question was how you get everybody on the same page. What I take away is that this comes from having a sincere interest in the team and the needs of the individual. By applying this during situations in the season, you can ensure that the balance is maintained and that the teams can perform well.”

The VVON has represented the interests of football coaches in the Netherlands since 1946 and currently has more than 4,200 members, to whom it offers help and advice on employment contracts, mediation in labor disputes and professional legal assistance in the event of removal from active duty/discharge and in arbitration cases. In addition, the VVON sees it as its task to constantly improve the knowledge of its members and take them to a higher level by organizing training sessions, such as study days, conferences and symposia, and by offering online practice exercises.


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