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The Franeker Kaatspartij, possibly 400 years old, was known as the 'balverkaatsersdag' for a long time. Only in approximately 1866 the match was renamed into "PC", at first in the language of the people. This new name came into being after the Permanent Committee (abbreviated 'PC') took on the organization and regulation of the match when the decline occurred. The PC is not only the oldest yearly match in The Netherlands, but is also in worldwide perspective an event of a very high age.
Handball used to be the national sport in the Netherlands until approximately
1800. Hereafter it went downhill quickly, nationwide but also the ancient
Kaatspartij. At the all-time low, in 1853, handball-enthusiasts established
the Permanent Committee to save both the sport of handball and the yearly
match. This turned out well and the Franeker Kaatspartij became
a feast day again. In the year 2003, at its 150th anniversary, the Committee
was warranted the designation 'Royal' by Her Majesty the Queen."
Valentin Poposki, 2 May 2006
It appears that there is also a "Kaatsclub Amsterdam", which celebrated
its first century in 2002. On that occasion it received from the KNKB a
flag, which is presented to any 100-year old kaatsclub: a horizontally
4-striped flag of yellow and blue; in the center a shield per bend sinister
gules and argent, each with 3 pennies countercharged, 2,1; 1,2.
The YBYB colours refer to the flag of the city of Franeker/Frentsjer.
Source: foto at the club's website.
The KNKB-crest at the KNKB-website.
Jarig Bakker, 23 Jun 2007