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De Kuip is a great place to come together. And there's no better time for this than Christmas. That was also one of the reasons for Hélène Oosthof-van der Molen, executive secretary at Boskalis Nederland, to organise, on 22 December 2016, the company's Christmas drinks party in the iconic Rotterdam stadium. ‘Previous very positive collaborations were the deciding factor,’ according to Oosthof-van der Molen.
I like the pride that the employees of De Kuip radiate. Hélène Oosthof-van der Molen, executive secretary Boskalis Nederland
Boskalis Nederland has been organising their staff meetings in the stadium for years. Twice a year about five hundred people gather on the second floor of the Maas building. For the Christmas drinks party, 275 employees headed to De Kuip for a gathering in the holiday sphere. The employees of the dredging company gathered again on the second floor of the Maas building, where several break-out rooms were combined into a cosy space.

‘Informal atmosphere’

‘Immediately there was a nice, informal atmosphere,’ Oosthof-van der Molen looks back with satisfaction. ‘I liked seeing colleagues talking directly to each other and this continued all evening’. It didn’t even slow down during the walking dinner, which consisted of eight courses. ‘Everyone was delighted with how it all went. The menu was specially adapted to the wishes of the employees’.


This shows how flexible the organisation of De Kuip Meetings & Events is. ‘Thinking along, being one step ahead of the problem every time, I appreciate that so much,’ says the executive secretary. Another explanation for the many years of intensive cooperation: the location and parking situation. ‘The stadium is easy to drive to and has great parking facilities’. Oosthof-van der Molen is referring to its location next to the A16 motorway and the thousand free parking spaces around De Kuip.


‘I may not have the Feyenoord virus, but I like the pride that the employees of De Kuip radiate. I also recognise this among the employees of Boskalis Nederland, who really do see the stadium as an icon. I always notice that in the reactions,’ declares Oosthof-van der Molen, who doesn't rule out even more plenary meetings and drinks parties. ‘The organisation is always proof of this. This is true even when we want a special edition of the staff meeting, in which several rooms have to be arranged differently. That's quite a challenge logistically, but not a problem at all for De Kuip’.
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