First-ever GS Academy Seminar in Africa set for Windhoek

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Namibia is host to the first-ever GS Academy Seminar which is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in partnership with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) from Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October in Windhoek.

Concerned with the improvement of governance and capacity building, the CAF Executive Committee prescribed an initiative directed to the permanent staff of Zonal Unions and CAF member Associations, in order to equip them with tools to enable to improve their performances.

“Thus, CAF developed the “GS Academy” Project, in partnership with UEFA through the UEFA Assist Program, as a pilot initiative for General Secretaries of Member Associations of CAF,” says CAF General Secretary Amr Fahmy.

“Based on the identified needs, an adaption of the contents of the programs of the Maters in Footfall Management (MFM), organized by the University of Lausanne in collaboration with UEFA was carried out” explains Fahmy.

General Secretaries of Member Associations of CAF are arriving in Windhoek this weekend ahead of the Workshop, which will be opened by CAF Deputy General Secretary Essadik Alaoui on Monday 22 October. In addition, UEFA has dispatched a team of 9 football management experts to facilitate the seminar.

Topics to be covered will be Governance and role of federations, role and responsibilities of General Secretaries; Financial Planning, Monitoring and reporting; People Management, Sponsorship, Public Funds and Communication; Player Development; Player Administration and Game Administration.

The next leg of the CAF GS Academy will be in Ethiopia from 5-9 November 2018 which will be followed by 2 seminars in January 14-19 2019 in Djibouti and then 25 February to 01 March 2019 in Morocco.

Countries represented at the GS Academy Workshop in Windheok Namibia are Namibia, Liberia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Botswana, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia in addition to representation from WAFU A Zone.

The UEFA ASSIST programme aims to share knowledge, best practices and assist UEFA’s sisterconfederations and their member associations worldwide in their efforts to develop and strengthenfootball in their respective territories. The programme is designed to provide practical rather than financial assistance and to offer support through development activities.

Assistance is provided to projects that are highly conducive to the development of football within the confederations and their member associations. They are strongly encouraged to work closely with other stakeholders (football organisations, sponsors, government, schools, local councils, etc.) on such projects. Feasibility and sustainability are key criteria when UEFA is deciding which projects to support.