EPL clubs support communities during pandemic

English Premier League (EPL) clubs have come up with a wide range of initiatives to support the United Kingdom National Health Service, charities, and communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

English Premier League (EPL) clubs have come up with a wide range of initiatives to support the United Kingdom National Health Service, charities, and communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the pandemic has forced the Chelsea Foundation to cancel its walking football sessions, the foundation is continuing its connection with participants.

Walking football coach Mark Blythe has stayed in touch with players, while the foundation has organised Zoom meetings featuring former Chelsea players Gary Chivers and Pat Nevin.

“Gary was also superb, not only engaging but at times he felt like an old friend and nothing seemed too much bother for him,” Chelsea Foundation walking football participant Vernon Ray told PremierLeague.com.

“It really did give me and many others something to look forward to.

“Giving your time is the greatest commodity one can offer. Chelsea have done this in abundance with ex-players, coaches, staff, etc. and to me that speaks volumes.”

Crystal Palace has delivered over 10,000 meals to vulnerable people and NHS frontline workers during the pandemic.

“We don’t have any support around us, or any family, they’re all back in South Africa. To know that Crystal Palace is providing for us is so nice and it’s such a great help for my family,” said Sarah, a pregnant mother who lost her job at the start of the pandemic and is getting support from The Palace Kitchen program.

Crystal Palace and its Palace for Life Foundation are partnering with the charity City Harvest London for the program – who have delivered over two million meals to people in need since the start of lockdown.

Tottenham Hotspur have allowed several hospital departments to use their self-named stadium.

“We are so thankful to the management at Tottenham Hotspur for this special support they’ve given to the NHS,” ultrasound manager and clinical specialist at the North Middlesex University Hospital Rogers Kalende said to PremierLeague.com.

“But then we had our tour and were shown the spacious rooms where we would have the scanning service. They were beautiful and had all the requirements we needed for the patients. It was ideal.”

Although the Premier League has returned, Tottenham plan to continue allowing these hospital departments access to the stadium, as one of the EPL clubs to support communities during this pandemic.

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Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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