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GROUND // De Nieuwe Dijk - KVV Heusden-Zolder

For us at Pitch'd Groundhopping it all started in Limburg, so it's always a pleasure to go back there. Very recently we visited Heusden-Zolder and although other stadiums were completely closed, we were lucky enough to visit De Nieuwe Dijk where KVV Heusden-Zolder is playing.

There is a lot of football history in Heusden-Zolder, but a lot of people seem to overlook a team like KVV Heusden-Zolder. Although they already started their activities in 1956. Hal Sport Heusden; that was their first name when they joined the Belgian FA the same year. The next three decades would be peaceful in the regional leagues, going up and down somewhat. Until 1990 when they changed their name into Berkenbos VV Heusden. That would set off a trigger as a few years later, in 1999 to be exact, they finally reached the national divisions for the very first time in their history.

Results were one year great, nearly missing promotion, another year superbly bad, just making it from relegation. They would go on like this until 2006. 2006 is an important year in Heusden-Zolder as their pride K Beringen-Heusden-Zolder (second division at that time) had to file for bankruptcy. Directly afterwards BHZ-Events was created, but it didn't take long before they started co-operating with Berkenbos VV Heusden. The decision was made to stay in De Nieuwe Dijk as other remaining members from the former K. Beringen-Heusden-Zolder started SK Heusden 06 and used the former stadium of KBHZ.

After the official co-operation the team name was changed into the current KVV Heusden-Zolder. The plan was there to go to third division and be a regular there. But the opposite happened unfortunately. In 2011 they relegated to the regional leagues, never to return again. Up until now they still play in the regional leagues and they even hit rock bottom by having to play the lowest regional league. Currently KVV is playing in the third regional division.


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