Student - February 23, 2017

Wageningen pole jump to go

Linda van der Nat

Wageningen fans of pole jumping across canals, better known in Dutch by the Frisian name fierljeppen, will soon have to look elsewhere as the pole jumping facility in Noordwest district is due to go.

Photo: Roelof Kleis

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It was an initiative of the Wageningen student society for Frisian studies (WSSFS) and was built in 1999 adjoining the Van Ketwich Verschuur sports complex. Competitions were held in the early years but the pole jumping facility has been used less and less in recent years. The structure is in a poor state of repair so Wageningen municipality has decided to demolish it, according to De Gelderlander newspaper.

WSSFS did investigate whether the jump could be saved, says chair Jorn Dijkstra. ‘Unfortunately we don’t have the resources for that. We are growing, but we are still a small society. We can’t cough up the money for restoring and maintaining the jump. We think it’s a real pity, but it’s just not possible.’

Photos: Guy Ackermans