Former National Football Player, Netherlands

 In my career I have played under a lot of different coaches. Throughout the years I recognized that the most effective coaches were those coaches who led the team by being transparent in their communications and had a good set of ethical standards. With this behavior they managed to optimally motivate the team and create a sense of cohesion which is imperative for being successful as a team. Be it in sports or the corporate world. 

Edgar Steven Davids is a Dutch former professional footballer. After starting his career with Ajax, winning numerous domestic and international titles, he subsequently played in Italy for Milan and later enjoyed a successful spell with Juventus, before being on loan to Barcelona in 2004. He went on to play for Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Ajax where he finished his professional career.

He was capped 74 times by the Dutch National team at international level, scoring six goals, and represented his country at the FIFA World Cup (once) and the UEFA European Football Championship (three times).

One of the greatest and most recognisable players of his generation, Davids often stood out on the football field due to his dreadlocked hair and the protective goggles he wore due to glaucoma. A combative and energetic yet creative and skillful midfielder, Davids was nicknamed “The Pitbull” by Louis van Gaal because of his marking ability, aggression, and hard tackling style of play.

 In 2004, he was one of the players chosen by Pelé to feature in the FIFA 100, his list of the world’s greatest living footballers.

In 2008 Davids was a supervisory board member of Ajax.

Social responsibility

In 2007 he became one of the founding members of SVBN (the Dutch street soccer federation foundation) that strives for cohesion and education in the less privileged, multi-cultural areas. As part of the SVBN, the Street Pro academy combats the rate of (high) school dropout by providing them alternative education (including a diploma) that helps them to continue or finish their studies. Her Royal Highness Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, also joint forces with the national educational foundation ROC for a Street Pro project, where school dropouts received advice, guidance and additional education where necessary to prepare them for the job they want.

The newly founded Parc Des Reves aims to provide multifunctional parcs around the world where development and empowerment are the core pillars.