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Diary date: Soccerex African Forum coming up

Get over to Durban in South Africa for 1-2 October’s Soccerex African Forum for an intensive dose of football business on the continent. Of particular interest to sports facility managers is the Regional Development Seminar. The second part of the workshop is ‘Managing Municipal Owned Sports Facilities & Win Win Lease Agreements’ in which Greg Fredericks, General Manager, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy trust and Vusi Mazibuko, Stadium Manager, Moses Mabhida Stadium will discuss how municipalities are supported when it comes to building local sporting facilities and how they should be managed to ensure that these venues can deliver safe and high level multisport programmes all year round.

The three-part seminar will look at the key components of football development across South Africa at both a municipal and provincial level. It will provide strategies for local governments to achieve the ‘2030 Vision’ set out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan by the South African Government. Robin Peterson, CEO, South African Football Association Development Agency and Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs, English Premier League will be part of the discussion. The pair will discuss how SAFA’s development plans and the Premier League’s Premier Skills Programme are helping to ensure that the correct standard of coaching and training is being delivered, as well as how new partnerships can be established with international sporting institutions.

Another highlight is Hicham El Amrani, Confederation of African Football Secretary General and Mvuzo Mbebe, 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Local Organising Committee and 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) CEO providing an official review of the 2013 AFCON as well as a preview of the 2014 African CHAN.

Domestic leagues are the bedrock of football in any country, and commercial activity is central to their development. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on this topic. Jack Oguda commented:

League commercialisation is very important to the success of football in Africa, and this event provides us with the platform to raise the key issues to achieve that success. I’m looking forward to attending once again and speaking alongside my counterparts to help build on the success of last year’s event.