Ajax have made the dreams of seriously ill eight-year-old fan Jay-Jay Willems come true – by signing him for the first team.
After being informed that the youngster was suffering with irritable bowel syndrome, the Dutch club’s foundation stepped in to create a video of Jay-Jay being scouted during a training session, taking part in a press conference and playing against NEC Breda.
In the 90 second clip, the youngster meets manager Frank de Boer, gets a ride to the Amsterdam Arena in a Mercedes and pulls on the club’s famous red and white shirt in the home dressing room.
On the ball: Ajax fan Jay-Jay Willems shows off his skills at Ajax’s training ground in the specially made club video
Jay-Jay is snapped-up by boss de Boer after impressing in training and the Holland legend has some kind words to say about the wannabe winger.
In front of the assembled media, De Boer says: ‘I would like to introduce a new player. Jay-Jay is a left forward and during training he got our attention.
‘With his qualities we think he eventually can play with the first team.’
And Dutch TV channel Fox News also got in on the production, getting one of their football pundits to give more words of encouragement to Jay-Jay.
He said: ‘Look at this guy from Ajax. Jay-Jay is a fast, smart, roguish player. He knows a lot about football, you can see that in the way he moves.
‘Pay attention to this little guy, another hero is born at Ajax, Jay-Jay Willems.’
The Ajax Foundation aim to give sick children a day they’ll never forget. Jay-Jay certainly won’t be forgetting his in a hurry.