The Belgian Pro league awarded KAA Gent with the title Pro League+ Gold for best football in the community organization in Belgium. It’s the second time in only four years that the KAA Gent Foundation receives this prestigious award.
Before the saturday game volunteers of the KAA Gent Foundation placed temporary tattoos which state "expel poverty" ('sluit armoede uit' in Dutch). This way the KAA Gent foundation demands attention for 1 in every 5 inhabitants of Gent, who live in poverty and have to postpone medical care for financial reasons.
The connecting force of KAA Gent. This is how the KAA Gent Foundation describes itself in its new policy plan. KAA Gent wants to continue to invest KAA Gent in social activities in the years to come. With 32 projects and a yearly budget of more than € 500.000 euro KAA Gent further develops its social engagements.
Read/Download the KAA Gent Foundation policy plan in pdf. (Dutch)
In order to maximize our position as a social organization that is inextricably linked with KAA Gent, we will work from now on under the name KAA GENT FOUNDATION.
From 6 to 9 July 2017, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) gather in Ghent and Lokeren for their European Fan Congress 2017.
Last saturday the Nieuw Gent-Steenakker neighborhood fair took place in the Ghelamco Arena. Last thursday hundreds of kids from the neighborhood ended the school year with a fun day of playing in the football stadium.
On monday, the 17th of July, at 18hrs the traditional team presentation at the Ghent festivities will take place on Sint-Baafs Square.
Today the first joint community activity of the Buffalo Cup 2017 was organized. Children of 4 participating schools organized a clean up action for the litter in the Nieuw Gent-Steenakker neighbourhood.
KAA Gent’s players and staff had a biking tour through Ghent city centre, wednesday afternoon. Our Buffalos left the training centre and biked through the beautiful centre of our city. You can see photos and videos of the tour on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Lead by Hein Vanhaezebrouck we showed players and staff how the new circulation plan in Ghent works.
One of the best known biking Buffalos is without a doubt Danijel Milicevic. Two years ago we already made a report called “Tour de Gand: Biking with Milicevic” with him, published in our club magazine Wigwam.
The biking Buffalo's
Deze fietstocht zet KAA Gent als 'grootste wielerclub van het land' opnieuw kracht bij. Sinds de opening van de Ghelamco Arena wordt fietsen bij de supporters sterk gepromoot. Onze fietsende Buffalo's dragen elke wedstrijd opnieuw massaal hun steentje bij aan een duurzame mobiliteit rond de Ghelamco Arena. Gemiddeld zijn er elke wedstrijd opnieuw minstens 2500 fietsende Buffalo's.
Deze inspanningen van en voor de fietsende Buffalo's werden ook opgemerkt door het Europese netwerk 'Healthy Stadia'. Op 27 april 2017 is de communitywerking van KAA Gent één van de sprekers op de Healthy Stadia Conference in het Emirates Stadium van FC Arsenal.
From 30.3 untill 9.4.2017 the #MoreThanFootball Action Week raises awareness for the social role of football and the impact of the investment of professional football clubs in community & social responsibility activities. KAA Gent joins the action week with KAA Gent Football in the community.
The Ghelamco Arena is a football stadium, accessible for everyone. Visiting fans with a disability also appreciate the efforts KAA Gent has made to turn the Ghelamco Arena into a place where everyone is welcome.
Voetbal in de stad steps up a gear. In the Nieuw Gent neighbourhood our communitydepartment will soon open a new community house. ‘Bij Pino’ will be an accessible meeting place at the Rerum Novarumplein containing a coffee bar, a workshop and a share store.
10 years: that's how long the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has existed. Therefore, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities) is launching a campaign by and for persons with disabilities. The message? Defend your rights. KAA Gent is proud to be featured in this campaign.
Yesterday, the number of bikes around the Ghelamco Arena was counted: 2840! This not only makes KAA Gent the club with the largest amount of cycling fans in the country, it's also gaining international attention. Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, received an invitation to tell Velo Buffalo's story at the international Healthy Stadia Conference at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) in London.
When the Ghelamco Arena opened, Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, started a Facebook group for and by cycling Buffalos: Velo Buffalo. Supporters who go to the stadium by bike can meet each other here online. Through Velo Buffalo, more than 700 fans share their experiences.
Healthy Stadia Conference
The efforts made for cycles were also noticed by the European network 'Healthy Stadia'. In April 2017, KAA Gent's community department will be one of the speakers at the Healthy Stadia Conference. This will be the fourth edition of the conference with 250 delegates expected to attend, and will celebrate 10 years of the European Healthy Stadia movement through keynote presentations and breakout sessions from a wide variety of speakers, including: governing bodies of sport, individual clubs/foundations, stadium operators, government departments (sport, health, transport), academics and health practitioners alike. Other confiremed speakers are Arsenal FC, Everton and UEFA. In March 2015 our cycling Buffalos were already mentioned at the EFDN (European Football for Development Network) conference in Manchester (Old Trafford).
Earlier, KAA Gent had already received the 'Active Travel Pledge' certificate from Healthy Stadia for its efforts to motivate fans to bike and walk, for the development of cycling infrastructure, for promoting cycling and walking routes to the stadium and for motivating its fans to choose a healthy option to get to the stadium. They also made a case study about our cycling Buffalos.
In a 350 metres radius around the Ghelamco Arena 2838 fixed cycle locking facilities were built.
- Ghelamco Arena, entrance C: 368 spots
- Brico Plan-it lower level: 654 spots
- Brico Plan-it upper level: 656 spots
- Blue Towers: 224 spots
- Markten & Foren: 936 spots
When the weather is really good, or at important games, an extra 600 mobile cycle locking facilities are installed. This amounts to a total of 3438 cycle locking facilities.