Jan Dirk Stouten is the new tournament director of the World Port Tournament. The 47-year-old Stouten is director and editor-in-chief of Friends in Business and internet channel Recht uit Rotterdam (RUR.nl). Until the summer of 2016, he was active as a sports reporter at RTV Rijnmond for 26 years.’We agreed that I would fulfill a representative role during the event’, says Stouten. ‘I do not interfere with the actual organization of the tournament, but will receive sponsors and other relations and present a number of official moments. When this interpretation turned out to be an option for the board, I wanted to participate because my business focus is on Friends in Business and RUR.
‘Stouten wants to use the upcoming tournament to get to know a lot of people involved and have conversations. ‘We must preserve the strength of the WPT, but also dare to implement reforms for the future. During the tournament in 2019, for example, we will create a festival site with food trucks from the forecourt at the Neptunus Familiestadion. In the future I will not exclude another set-up of the tournament.
‘CEO Dennie van Leeuwen, from VLS, is pleased with the arrival of Stouten. ‘By his work as a presenter and, above all, the passionate way in which he reported on matches from Feyenoord, Jan Dirk is a familiar face in the region. He has been visiting the WPT for years as a sports enthusiast, reporter and the last editions as a sponsor and he knows the tournament well. In view of his business activities we will relieve him as a board, for this role he is very suitable.
‘The World Port Tournament will be held in Rotterdam from 12 to 21 July.
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For more information you can call the commercial director of the WPT, Paddy Roomer: 06-22599166 or with Jan Dirk Stouten, 06-42000088