FIFA and AFD continue to improve gender equality and education in football

FIFA and the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) have renewed their memorandum of understanding (MoU), focusing on women’s empowerment and education through football.

Since the first agreement which was signed in 2019, FIFA and the AFD will continue to supply resources to promote unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values through youth-oriented football development programmes, especially in Africa. They will also work on projects involving the protection of children and the promotion of access to sport through the development of infrastructure.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino spoke about the renewed agreement:

“I am very happy that we will continue our strategic alliance with the Agence Française de Développement as it will play an important role in helping us use football as a platform for positive change in society- one of FIFA’s strategic objectives,” he said via media release.

“FIFA and the AFD have many shared aims and by working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of young people, empowering girls and women and helping to provide better education opportunities.”

AFD Cheif Executive Officer Rémy Rioux added in a statement:

“This new partnership agreement with FIFA demonstrates our common desire to unite on the same team, the world football and that of financial development. Through its impact on education, health, social cohesion and gender equality, football is an accelerator in the field of sustainable development,” he said.

“It opens a space where young people and communities are at the centre of the game to learn, express themselves, and emancipate themselves. By continuing this commitment, we are kicking off, through football, new educational and inclusive perspectives for all.”

This continued partnership will allow improved collaboration between AFD’s interventions and FIFA’s programmes, such as FIFA Forward and Football for Schools, which aims to make football more accessible for everyone to play. It will also allow them to pursue their engagement in the inclusive sport academies project which supports the development of sport academies in Africa.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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