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English Language Premier League Commentary on Ziggo Sport

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By Nick Nugent

If you like me have a Ziggo box and have the package which gives you Ziggo sport then you will know that they often show the Premier League matches which Sky is also showing.  I was recently in one of the Irish Bars watching my team Everton take on Liverpool and was surprised to see there was an option to switch to English Commentary.

If you did not know this was an option before below I will demonstrate a 2 step guide to watching the football with English commentary.

Step 1 – On the Ziggo Sport channel select “i” on your remote and you should get the following screen:

Step 2 – On the soundtrack you see it is set to Nederlands and is highlighted.  Using the left/right button you can toggle to “ina”

Once “ina” is selected you should start to hear the English Commentary.

I have had a couple of issues close to the end of games were it reverts to Nederlands again, but you can follow the same procedure.  If you have a flick during the Half Time you will have to do the same thing again.

I thought it would be useful to impart my new found knowledge to you all, Enjoy!


Britsoc Tennis Club seeks new Recruits

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The British Society tennis club meets twice per week and is looking for a few new recruits to bolster the ranks.  If you are a keen tennis player without out a regular partner why not join them on either Tuesday or Sunday.

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Tuesday tennis 20-21.00 indoors at Amstelpark. Level intermediate.

Charge EUR 9 pp

Contact Geoff Dudley


Sunday tennis 17-18.00 indoors at Amstelpark. Various levels.  We also sometimes play soft tennis (Japanese tennis) and we have spare racquets.  There is usually an opportunity to play on more courts or to play for longer, so we are open to more than 4 players each time.

Charge EUR 6 pp.

Contact Sharron Reed


Once per year they hold a tennis tournament.

More details can be found on our events page:

Open Events Calendar

7 aside football for the over 35s and 45s

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Our friends at NFC Masters Football are recruiting!

NFC has +35 and a +45 teams that are currently looking for new players. Both teams are international selections, with some of the classiest has-beens and could-have-beens you can find in Amsterdam.

We’re a friendly group off the field, but some of the old competitiveness still sneaks out when we strap on the boots and step onto the field – we all still love the beautiful game. We play a 7 x7 format on a half-sized field, with games or friendlies most weeks in Autumn and Spring, usually followed by a quiet beer afterwards.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, or even if you just want a good excuse to get out of the house one night each week, please contact the team leaders:

45+ Justin Sherrard: or Stephen Huyton:

35+ Jacques D’Arrigo:

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Women’s Expat Hockey Team now recruiting

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Pinoke Expat Hockey Meisjes

Now Recruiting

Training: Wednesdays 19:30

Games: Sundays Sept – June

Contact: Coach Lou for info

Now Recruiting
Contact Lou for further information

Tel: +31 (0)625223254

Amsterdam 7’s Rugby

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By Andy Symmonds

A Day at the Sevens

You may have noticed that the Amsterdam Sevens organisers offered a discount on tickets to members of the British Society for the tournament in May. It’s not clear if this was the trigger, but several members were spotted enjoying the occasion and the rugby. This review is based upon the final day of the event so it misses the core of the ladies contest and the qualifying for Rio excitement, but it does mean that the report can include some glorious weather.

IMG_4151To recap, the event is an annual competition featuring teams from around the world. The format is Sevens, which means rugby played on a full size pitch with only seven players in each side. This, as you can imagine, can mean a lot of running around and does require a high level of fitness to be able to compete effectively. The tournament is a fixture on the World Rugby Sevens calendar for ladies rugby, giving it equivalent status to the Middlesex, Dubai or Hong Kong Sevens events for male rugby. This year was also given extra significance as teams could qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

IMG_4148The ladies rugby provided some fascinating results. From the Olympic perspective, Canada and Australia both managed to qualify for Rio on the first day and team GB qualified on day two. New Zealand claimed the Women’s Seven Series for the third year in a row but took a record beating at the hands of the USA team (34-5 and arguably the shock of the tournament).

The men’s rugby demonstrated the usual blend of swift running, some great passing and off loading and some wonderful individual skills. The male contingent also provided the three streakers that decided to grace the women’s game between Canada and Ireland. Sadly the brave three gents that streaked were more amply padded than anyone previously seen on the pitch and the players looked suitably unimpressed.

IMG_4185British Society members were there every day of this years’ event, but we also added in some of the noise as Ian Cherington, our Chairman, was the official commentator for all three days.  Ian kept the crowd informed and motivated throughout the tournament and even encouraged the Mexican wave in quieter moments. Nick, our intrepid food taster and restaurant tester, was also seen enjoying the fun, although we have no comments on the catering  standards yet.

The British Society also had younger members attending the tournament, so we would like to wrap up the report of the 2015 Amsterdam Sevens with some comments from Luc Thomas, aged 12: “Time flew. It was a fun and friendly atmosphere. I want to go again next year. I liked the men’s games more than the women’s games. Best women’s game was the final between Fiji and China.” This was Luc’s introduction to live rugby and he came away very enthused by the Sevens. It is a cracking day out and we will alert you of the dates for the 2016 tournament when they become available.

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