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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
Franeker 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