RWB from Besoyense to Waalwijk Football Club

WAALWIJK – In “Pezzoin’s A Colorful Past,” writer Jack Didin in 2004 questions whether the ancient bond between RWB and Peswin will last long. Then the RWB is on the eve of the move to Sportpark De Gaard on Landgoed Driessen. This put the sports park outside the boundaries of Beswin.

We are now 18 years later and RWB is at the start of a new football season. Great opportunity to look back and evaluate.


The start of the RWB was on February 2, 1908, at the founding meeting 12 people attended and football was played in a stadium on the west side of Besoyen (where the Landzicht Café is now located). At the beginning of 1931, they moved to a new residence in Floris V laan. Now that the RWB lands are in built-up areas, more and more members are joining in. More than 30 years later, RWB replaced the sports park in Floris V laan, where there was only one field available, for Elzenhoven Sports Park. RWB had 3 fields in Elzenhoven and was able to develop further, especially the youngsters who got more attention. At that time, the RWB had grown into an association of 500 members, who came not only from Beswin but also from the neighboring new residential area of ​​Zandunk. In 2004 RWB moved to Sportpark De Gaard and serves as a buffer between N261 and the new property Landgoed Driessen. In Landgoed Driessen, RWB has grown into an association with over 700 members.

Where is RWB now?

After several seasons dominated by all the measures that had to be taken to control the Corona virus, confidence in the possibility of resuming training and football has returned. In the Landgoed Driessen, the RWB has a modern sports park with 4 full-fledged football fields, a training ground, a football cage and an artificial turf field.

Sportpark De Gaard is centrally located between the residential areas of Besoyen, Zanddonk and Landgoed Driessen. Looking at the membership profile, RWB has grown from a Besoyen football club to an even more Waalwijk football club. Which certainly doesn’t mean that the 100-plus-year-old bond between RWB and Besoyen has been broken. Many new members still come from Waalwijk West and have a good relationship with Besoyen Primary School. Many girls and boys become members of the RWB at a young age, and can already go to “Kanjers” 4-5 years earlier, who complete their courses every Saturday morning.

RWB also has a large group of members who have been RWB members for over 25 years, a large portion of whom come from Besoyen. A large number of volunteers also come from this group, a group that an association like RWB works on. For such a large group of members, “once you become a member of the RWB, you remain a member of the RWB.” The RWB complex is also a home base for many schools and associations. Willem van Oranje College offers its lessons in the gym in De Gaard in the summer months MIKZ uses the RWB site to bring about after-school care On Monday evenings the Esperto First Aid Society offers its first aid lessons at the RWB Club, a Federation billiards active on Wednesday evenings , the JG4IT Football Academy has been using the artificial turf pitch on Friday evenings and RWB’s De Taaie Tijgers football club have been playing their Sunday morning games for years.

RWB-1 and 2 from Sunday to Saturday / SVO de Gaard

The RWB has registered a total of 10 senior teams to compete for the 2022-2023 season. Five teams play on Sunday morning and five on Saturday afternoon. The biggest change is that select teams RWB1 and 2 are among the teams that play soccer on Saturday. RWB-1 also plays in the KNVB Class 4, which is a disappointment that last season’s relegation was unnecessary in the eyes of many members. With the shift to Saturday, RWB is following the national trend where members can walk free on Saturday and keep Sunday free for the family, the main arguments for wanting to play soccer on Saturday.

Another big change is the newly established girls’/women’s association SVO De Gaard. This new league is a mix of girls/women from RWB and NEO’25 who will compete with 6 teams this season. The largest group in RWB is the youth division, with a total of 20 teams registered for the KNVB competition. In addition to the 37 teams participating in the KNVB competition, RWB also has two groups that only train but do not compete. These are the youngest footballers who can go to RWB from the age of 4/5 and train on Saturday morning under the name “Kanjers” and a group of seniors who kick the ball recreationally on Wednesday night.

New to competition this season is RWB G1JM, a mixed team of boys and girls with physical and/or mental disabilities. Last season, this group grew into a full team, making it possible to participate in a 7v7 competition. The large number of teams and wide diversity ensures that everyone young or old, boys or girls, performers or entertainers, can come to RWB and you can even play Football in RWB if you have a disability.

Also want to become a member of the RWB / SVO de Gaard, visit or visit Sportpark De Gaard on Saturday.

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