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Hero ISL Delegation Visit Premier League HQ

Wed 29th Apr 2015 | Football Governance

Continuing with its endeavor to make football as one of the country’s flagship sport and to leverage its association with Barclays Premier League in bringing the best practices in India.

Officials of IMG-Reliance & Star India – the organisers of Hero Indian Super League, along with its eight participating club representatives are visiting London for a five-day workshop, commencing from 29th April 2015.

The 23-member Indian Super League contingent will first visit the Premier League headquarter followed by the offices of three clubs - Arsenal FC, Crystal Palace FC and West Bromwich Albion FC under the exchange programme to explore their expertise in nurturing and growing a high quality football competition.

The workshop will feature knowledge sharing sessions and discussions on various topics such as Premier League Structure & Governance, Branding, Youth Development & Academies, Community Development, Fan Engagements, Club Organisation and Communications.

Commenting on the initiative, Mrs. Nita Ambani, Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited said, “We are delighted to have established strong relationship with Premier League to promote and bring in the best practices to India.

“The success of Indian Super League in its inaugural year has open many frontiers for the Indian football, world over today and I am hopeful that partnership with Premier League will enable our clubs to build from the very best in the business.

“Premier League is revered around the world, and by learning from the practitioners who have made it so successful; Indian Super League will develop and grow richer in experience.”

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore along with his officials Nic Coward, General Secretary, Richard Masters, Director Sales & Marketing, Ged Roddy, Director of Youth and Simon Morgan, Head of Community Development will be meeting the ISL delegation along with the three club officials over the next five days.

The Hero ISL have also invited a three-member senior team from Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to train AIFF affiliated Indian match officials.

Calling upon 35 AIFF match officials including 12 referees, 13 assistant referees and 10 referee assessors, a two day Referees’ Workshop will be conducted by PGMOL officials in Mumbai starting 29th April 2015.

The PGMOL team is led by Mike Riley, General Manager, PGMOL, FIFA Referee Committee Member and a former PGMOL Select Referee. Joining him for the workshop are Ray Olivier, Training and Development Manager, PGMOL and an instructor on AFC courses and Philip Dowd, PGMOL Select Referee.

The Hero ISL Referee Workshop will consist of both theory and practical sessions covering varied topics related to match officials, referee training structure, referee assessment methods etc with an endeavor to learn and improve the overall structure and the management of development of referees in India.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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