General information about Vitesse
The professionals continue in the 'Paid football Vitesse foundation' and the amateurs in a separate association 'A.V.C. Vitesse 1892'. Vitesse is since 1954, the year when paid football was introduced, almost constant represented in the most highest classes. Only between 1962 and 1966 they played in the lowest class at that time, the second division. In the season 1970-1971 Vitesse went up to the highest level again, this time for a period of three seasons. After the promotion in 1989 the club finished on the first five places in the first division time after time. Except for season 1994-1995 and 2000-2001 Vitesse had to be satisfied with the sixth place.
Shortly after the appointment of the new committee they developed a policy that stadium Nieuw-Monnikenhuize was inadequate to comply the aims of Vitesse. One of the aims was sporty success, but not only that. Vitesse must be a club which people want to commit to increasingly. Vitesse as an important factor in the social life of people. For this you need a extremely modern accommodation. In 1989 the first concrete plans are presented of a multifunctional stadium theatre that comply to the modern aims, multifunctional, safety, clean and especially hospitable. Gelredome as physical result of Vitesse’s football vision opened at 25th March 1998 in the opening-competition game against NAC (4-1). That this opening has effected the personal organisation of Vitesse speak for themselves.
The staff of Vitesse has extremely increased last year and is still increasing steady. On 1st July 2002 26 players are under contract to SBV Vitesse and 75 full-time employees at pay-roll. On competition-days approximately 300 people are active for Vitesse.
The Vitesse Youth Academy
Vitesse is aware that a well organised youth academy is utmost important for staying at the top of professional football. The Vitesse Youth Academy is obviously one of it’s key focal points in their policy. The consequences of the Bosman-ruling are for Vitesse a confirmation that they must even more professionalise with the help of 'Het Gelders College (used to be KGL)'.
Vitesse is aiming, with Joop Brand as man in charge, for an even better and more professionalised education for professional football players. In order to stay at the top and make sure that at least 2 talents will reach the first team, a profound business plan is utmost important. Each season Vitesse invested about 2 million euro in their youth education. Vitesse gives on a yearly basis players from the youth teams (A, B and C) the possibility to follow an school education at 'Het Gelders College'. The level of the education are at 'VBO, Mavo-, Havo- en VWO-niveau'. The ages of the players range from 12 till 18. The education programme and the training scheme are in a unique way linked to each other. Players of the Vitesse Youth Academy will be placed in separate groups and they are granted exemption for certain subjects. For every student an individual plan will be made which takes into account their personal capabilities as well as their personal training needs.
Part of the players of the Vitesse Youth Academy will reach the professional football and play for representative National teams. In the past a.o. the following youth players reached the first team of Vitesse: Roy Makaay, Erwin van der Looi, Martijn Kuiper, Huub Loeffen, Theo Janssen, Peter Wisgerhof, Rahamat Mustapha 'Riga', Matthew Amoah, Remco van der Schaaf, Ruud Knol, Nicky Hofs, Michael Dingsdag, Michael Jansen, Rick Bochem, Kalle Sone, Emile Mbamba and Jhon van Beukering.
The results in the past season were again extremely good. All teams play in the heighest classes of the Netherlands, in which both B-youth as well as C-youth became Champions of the Netherlands.