Richard Elsinga

Richard Elsinga is an energetic, creative mind that combines courage and common sense in the right dose. As a trainer/coach he already thought out of the box, as a teacher special education it became his profession. He started developing training exercises, 100,000 children are playing soccer according to his vision and became one of the largest sports developers in the Netherlands, that of VTON. A driven developer, who helps coaches to develop by linking his educational background and many years of experience as a soccer player/coach.


With a flexible network of strategists, (online) designers, football professionals, VTON offers the right solution for every client.


Mission: Every child is entitled to a fun educational training. I consider it my mission to help coaches and clubs to offer a soccer curriculum in an accessible way. This supports the coach and also the players. Voluntary coaches who provide training sessions become educated coaches using the opportunities offered by VTON. With this tool, these inspired coaches come even more to the key point: offering a fun and educational training. This mission and the way I want to shape it is the result of my development since the moment I graduated as an instructor of the KNVB academy.


From 1990 to 2000 I have played for professional clubs as sc Heerenveen, Sc Heracles and Fc Emmen in the Dutch Premier league and First Division. During these years I have worked with innovative coaches who inspired me to think out of the box. I have worked in The Netherlands as a Director of Coaching and Technical Director at several clubs for over 10 years as well as serving as the head coach of many senior and youth teams for 12 years. I have a UEFA B-license and hold a KNVB instructor license.


The urge to help youth, developing learning achievements was reflected at my work in special education. Have children explore with all kinds of issues, together and as an individual, to lay the foundation for regular further education. As a motivator, inspirer and developer of curriculums, I played a big role in this.


In the end, I have been able to combine both passions. I have applied the lessons I learned from teaching, structuring, learning objectives and core goals to sports. Through our ICT co-owner, I learned to make complicated matter accessible. Let your imagination run free, use creativity with difficult issues and always create tangible things has always been the basis.


We want every youth player to reach his or her potential. That is why we started with the development of a method for youth soccer in 2012. First in binders and since 2015 is the method completely digitally available. Many thousands of coaches are using the VTON method on a weekly basis.