Liverpool welcomes official chocolate partner

Liverpool have signed a three-year deal with Cadbury which sees the world’s largest chocolate brand become the club’s first official global chocolate partner.

Cadbury has given out 50,000 limited edition champions Dairy Milk bars to Liverpool fans to celebrate the launch of the partnership.

Cadbury will also be raising money for the LFC Foundation’s Virtual Employability Programme. The programme was created in May 2020 to help people who had lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme aims to improve participants employability prospects. The employability support service offers CV and cover letter support, interview practice and job insight.

“LFC and Cadbury are both passionate about the importance of community, so this is a great opportunity to build on those common values and help those whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic into new roles,” Commercial Director at Liverpool FC, Matt Scammell said about the new partnership.

“Cadbury has a long history of generosity and we’re excited to be partnering with them, celebrating traditions and culture whilst uniting people in a new way.”

Official Liverpool stores will sell limited edition champions chocolate bars – all proceeds go towards the LFC Foundation to support the Virtual Employability Programme.

“We are very proud to be working with Liverpool FC in this way. It is a brand that truly embodies the Cadbury mentality of working together to help others,” Global Brand Director at Cadbury, Samantha Greenwood said in a statement.

Last week, Chelsea also signed a deal with Cadbury to become the blues’ official chocolate partner.

“At Chelsea we pride ourselves on partnering with some of the world’s leading companies and are therefore delighted to be announcing our new partnership with Cadbury,” Chelsea Chief Executive, Guy Laurence said.

“We look forward to working closely with Cadbury as they seek to reward and engage our global fanbase, whilst also giving back to the local community through their support of the Chelsea Foundation’s initiatives.”

Via the partnership Cadbury will support the Chelsea Foundation’s Edge of the Box Club and aims to provide skills, knowledge and connections to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Competitions will also be run with Cadbury and Chelsea to offer prizes – match tickets and hospitality experiences will be given out as a part of Cadbury’s Match and Win promotion.

Liverpool and Chelsea return to action this weekend when the 2020/21 English Premier League starts on September 12.

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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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