Royal Antwerp Football Club
“The Great Old” Shows What a New Performance Program Can Do.
Founded in 1880, Royal Antwerp FC (RAFC) is the oldest football club in Belgium, hence their nickname “The Great Old”. They’ve won four Belgian league titles, three Belgian cups and UEFA Cup runner up. They’re currently members of the Belgian First Division A, the top tier of Belgian football. Dr. Peter Catteeuw serves as RAFC’s Head of Performance for the first, second, and academy teams.
New ownership of RAFC set the club’s sights on winning the Belgium league championship. To do so, they needed not only to rebuild the team and stadium, but truly reinvent themselves. Part of this evolution included creating a world-class human performance program to develop and optimize talent so it could compete with some of the more well-funded teams.