Global Institute of Sport to open Brussels sports campus at RSC Anderlecht’s Lotto Park

Global Institute of Sport (GIS) has announced the launch of its latest campus, GIS Brussels, located at 34-time Belgian football champions RSC Anderlecht’s home of Lotto Park.

GIS, which provides university degrees in football and sport online and at iconic venues around the world – including access to London’s Wembley Stadium and Inter Miami’s Chase Stadium – will start to deliver a Postgraduate Diploma in International Football Business in Brussels from September 2024.

Open to domestic and international students and delivered in partnership with one of Western Europe’s top universities Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), budding football administrators will be able to learn in the 22,000 seater stadium which boasts state-of-the-art teaching spaces. This ensures that students are embedded in the football and sports industry through an immersive and inspirational learning environment and fantastic networking opportunities, a truly experiential education experience.


GIS President and CEO Sharona Friedman shared her delight at the new venture to Belgium.

“This is a landmark moment for Global Institute of Sport as we open our doors to international students to learn in the heart of western Europe,” she said via media release.

“Partnering with Vrije Universiteit Brussel, one of Europe’s leading universities, and with a stunning stadium campus hosted by the famous RSC Anderlecht, our students will be set up perfectly for a career in the dynamic European football industry.”

RSC Anderlecht Business CEO Kenneth Bornauw added:

“As a club, we are excited to partner with the Global Institute of Sport and Vrije Universiteit Brussel to host the football leaders of tomorrow in this unique university program. We are very happy to host the curriculum in our Lotto Park, where we are committed to nurturing talent and fostering personal development.”

For more information on GIS Brussels, please visit

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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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