Henk Mariman is no stranger to the football world. The head of training has a past at Beerschot, where he supervised Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele, among others.
In May 2019, Mariman switched to OH Leuven, where he took the youth academy to a higher level. His goal: to deliver youth products to the first team. Louis Patris was the first to leave for RSCA last summer for a nice sum.
After 4.5 seasons in Leuven, Mariman has opted for a new challenge at Anderlecht’s youth academy.
There he must make Jean Kindermans forget and he will work with Peter Verbeke. Kindermans was at the helm of Neerpede for 17 years and will start working at Antwerp from July 1, 2024.
“The youth academy of OH Leuven has proven to be among the best in the country in recent seasons. Henk Mariman has done very good work and that also proves the interest of other clubs,” interim CEO Chris Vandebroeck responds to the departure.
It was also not an easy decision for Mariman himself.
“I would like to expressly thank OH Leuven for the good cooperation in recent years,” he shares. “Over the past 4.5 seasons, we have built something beautiful together with an entire team in youth and women’s football.”
“The structure is in place and the progression to the first teams is underway. An excellent basis for the next steps of this great club,” concludes Mariman.