The Ernest Sterckx sports complex is named after the most famous sports figure in the history of the small municipality of Westerlo.
In the years after World War II Ernest “Nestje“ Sterckx won as a professional cyclist, among other races, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Brussels and Heultje FC named its stadium as a tribute to him. Proof that this hommage is clearly in the past is visible at the entrance. Under, and partly over, the remembrance plaque a dustbin is mounted.
Clean, sure, but you really can’t call it respectful. Even more so because on the billboard by the road entrance they even misspelled the poor guy’s name.
The contrast with First Division club and former rival VC Westerlo could not be larger.