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Chronically ill eight-year-old joins Ajax in touching gesture

Football clubs sometimes do very special things for people in their communities and some even go above and beyond what is expected to make wonderful gestures.

Former European champions Ajax, in partnership with their foundation, have released this touching video recording a young fan's extra special day.

Eight-year-old Jay-Jay Willems, who has IBS abdominal ache with the illness affecting his everyday life, was treated to a dream-like experience with the top club.

The kind gesture is similar to one seen at the New York Cosmos earlier this year, which you can read about here.

The video recounts Jay-Jay's joy as he visits Ajax's training ground, is signed up by coach Frank de Boer and unveiled at a press conference.

But that was not all. The young boy's day got even better after he was allowed to take part in the first-team warm up for the match against NEC Breda in the Eredivisie.

He even participated in the team walk-out as the two sides emerged from the tunnel prior to kick-off, with his name announced by the stadium announcer along with the other squad members, complete with his name flashing up on the big screen.

As De Boer says in the video: "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."

The former Netherlands star added: "We keep an eye of the stars of the future. 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."

So well done to the Ajax Foundation and to De Boer and his players and staff. It really is a touching tale.