This is part of a five-part 'Raising Our Game' series on how player unions are helping to advance women's football around the world.
“I hope that the girls can see the importance of the collective,” said Van den Heiligenberg, who made 97 appearances for the national women’s team. “I am going to try to convince them how important it is.”
Last year, the player union -- Vereniging voor Contractspelers (VVCS) - helped PSV’s female players secure a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their club, only the second deal Dutch women’s football.
“The top three teams - Ajax, PSV and FC Twente - have arranged everything nicely, but the other teams are playing for maybe train tickets,” Van de Heiligenberg, a four-time Dutch champion, said.