FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Oldham Appoint Simon Brooke To Board of Directors http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4010/title=oldham+appoint+simon+brooke+to+board+of+directors Oldham Athletic has announced the appointment of Simon Brooke onto its Board of Directors. Simon has been appointed to the Board as the representative of Trust Oldham following its recent AGM and ratification from the Football League. A pivotal figure at Trust Oldham since he joined the Trust Board last year, Simon said of his appointment, "Since my dad first walked me through the Chaddy End turnstiles in 1986 this club has been a huge part of my life, and it has given me many wonderful... Michael Owen Signs Up For Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4009/title=michael+owen+signs+up+for+soccerex Soccerex Ambassador and former England International Michael Owen will again be attending this years Soccerex Football Festival and Global Convention, taking place in Manchester, 5-6 and 7-9 September respectively, bringing with him his stories, experience and new ideas to the worlds premier football business event. As an ambassador, Owen has been a big part of Soccerexs events since retiring from the professional game, speaking at last years Global Convention and the... Chris Powell Becomes Football Foundation Ambassador http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4008/title=chris+powell+becomes+football+foundation+ambassador Chris Powell has been announced as an Ambassador for the Football Foundation, the UKs largest sports charity that develops better grassroots sport facilities with money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England). A highly-respected and experienced figure in the game, Chris, who was appointed first-team manager of Huddersfield Town FC in September 2014, said he was delighted to be on board with the Football Foundation and play a role in supporting the... Celticís Finance Director Resigns Due To Ill Health http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4007/title=celtic%92s+finance+director+resigns+due+to+ill+health Celtic Football Club has announced the resignation of Eric Riley as financial director of the Company with effect from 31 December 2015. Eric, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and prostate cancer in 2011, has been finance director for over 21 years. To assist with a smooth transition to a new financial director, with effect from 1 January 2016, Eric will be appointed as a non-executive director of the Company. Eric will fulfil this role until 30 June 2016 at which point he will step... Football Is Much More Than Just A Game http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4006/title=football+is+much+more+than+just+a+game Football has long remained one of the most popular sports that is viewed and played across the world, with millions of people of all ages and genders immersing themselves in the drama, excitement and tension that epitomises the beautiful game. It is considered much more than just a game by the most ardent of supporters, and as the sport continues to evolve from a business perspective off the pitch, the amount of money that is involved in football has reached astronomical levels. Fans are often... The FA Announce Restructuring Plans http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4005/title=the+fa+announce+restructuring+plans The Football Association have outlined final plans to save 30 million a year across the FA Group by the last quarter of 2015. The plans, headed by newly appointed CEO, Martin Glenn , will also include the proposed restructuring of the organisation along with significant investment in the elite England teams, facilities and grassroots coaching. The majority of the 30m has already been identified through a new Wembley Stadium refinancing agreement, general cost-savings across the... Liverpool County FA Set Four Point Strategy http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4004/title=liverpool+county+fa+set+four+point+strategy The FAs announcement of 260million of grassroots funding will see Liverpool County FA (LCFA) set a strategy to make the most of the cash injection. Welcoming the funding boost, LCFA will work towards four goals - Participation, Development, Facilities and Volunteers - all targeted in a local development strategy. The FA last week announced the new investment, which will be spread over four years as part of the national governing bodys ambitious National Game Strategy for... Newcastle United Backed By Coral Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4003/title=newcastle+united+backed+by+coral+partnership British bookmaker Coral has today been announced as Newcastle Uniteds new Official Betting and Gaming Partner after agreeing a two-year deal with the club. Coral will now become a familiar sight inside St. James Park with kiosks offering betting facilities across the stadium. Dale Aitchison, head of partnerships at Newcastle United, said: Coral is a respected and well known high street betting brand and we are delighted to introduce them into the family of partners at... Voting Opens For MBNA Northwest Football Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4002/title=voting+opens+for+mbna+northwest+football+awards Philippe Coutinho aims to uphold a proud Liverpool tradition with voting now open for the 2015 MBNA Northwest Football Awards. The 23-year-old Brazilian star is one of five Premier League Player of the Year nominations for the 2014-15 campaign. A winning wonder goal on the opening day of the campaign at Stoke City showed why Coutinho is so highly prized at Anfield. Now he needs the backing of Liverpool fans to add his name to the MBNA Northwest Football Awards Premier League Player of the Year... Aston Villa and Ticketmaster Launch Ticket Resale Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4001/title=aston+villa+and+ticketmaster+launch+ticket+resale+partnership Aston Villa Football Club and Ticketmaster have announced the launch of a three-year official ticket resale partnership, which will offer fans the ability to buy or sell Villa tickets in a dependable, secure and approved way. Launching next week, the service will use Ticketmasters Seatwave platform and will provide assistance to Villa supporters who may not otherwise have been able to buy tickets for in-demand games. It will also allow season ticket holders who are unable to attend a game... Manchester United Rolls In With Donaco http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4000/title=manchester+united+rolls+in+with+donaco Manchester United has announced a ground breaking partnership with Donaco International Limited, a prominent casino resort company in Asia. The agreement with Donaco International Limited, founded in 2002, will see them work together to connect with the clubs 325 million fans across Asia, through the use of exclusive club content and branding. Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, comments: "This is a significant partnership for Manchester United, with Donaco being... Aviva Choose Community Over Players At Norwich http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3999/title=aviva+choose+community+over+players+at+norwich Aviva will end their long-running front of shirt sponsorship with Norwich City from next season (2016/17) the club have announced. From next season Aviva will no longer be the Premier League clubs main sponsor instead becoming the official Community Partner of Norwich City Football Club in a new three-year deal. The new partnership will bring an end to Avivas eight years as main club sponsor but sees the continuation of the relationship with their commitment to the local community.... Oxford United Rolls Out Community Trust Plan http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3998/title=oxford+united+rolls+out+community+trust+plan+ League Two club, Oxford United rolls out Premier League community plan Oxford United is a football club that is going places both on and off the pitch. After a strong end to the2014/ 2015 campaign, Michael Appletons young squad have enjoyed a promising pre-season and promotion to League One is a very real possibility. Off the pitch though, the signs are just as good. Over the past 12 months the club has worked tirelessly to develop its Community Trust, a pioneering development... Football League Trust Scores With FBT Sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3997/title=football+league+trust+scores+with+fbt+sponsorship The Football League Trust have signed a deal that sees FBT become the Trust's official kit sponsor. The deal will also see numerous Community Trusts at Football League clubs kitted out in FBT gear over the next two years. Mike Evans, Operations Director at the Football League Trust comments, "This is a great deal for us and our community trusts. The kit provided by FBT will free up valuable resources that will enable us to increase the work we do in the football communities." FBT are based in... FA CEO Martin Glenn To Speak At Soccerex Global Convention http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3996/title=fa+ceo+martin+glenn+to+speak+at+soccerex+global+convention The future of English football will be addressed at this years Soccerex Global Convention, 7-9 September, with the confirmation that FA CEO Martin Glenn will be giving an exclusive 1-2-1 interview at the event, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. In his first industry event appearance since taking the role, Glenn will be sharing his vision for the development of football in England, in particular looking at how The FA is being restructured to become more cost... TigerTurf Launches Elite New Surface For Stadiums http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3994/title=tigerturf+launches+elite+new+surface+for+stadiums TigerTurf UK has enhanced its portfolio of advanced sports surfaces with a new elite-level 3G playing surface designed specifically for use in stadiums and arenas. The leading synthetic turf manufacturer, TigerTurfs Premium TenCate XQ yarns and a resilient, high density structure ensures Stadium Turf will maintain its high performance characteristics over time, making it ideal for stadium use. With an optimum pile height of 50mm, the new turf has also been tested to FIFA 1 2... Doncaster Appoint New Chief Operating Officer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3993/title=doncaster+appoint+new+chief+operating+officer Liam Scully has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Club Doncaster. The new position was created in order to provide a strategic lead for all current and future Club Doncaster projects. Scully, the former CEO of the clubs Foundation was appointed after a highly competitive recruitment process that drew applicants from across the UK. Being entrusted with the great responsibility of leading Club Doncaster in search of continued improvements for all parts of the group, not least... The FA Launch PIP Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3992/title=the+fa+launch+pip+partnership The Football Association has announced the formal launch of the Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) and a partnership between The FA and Charterhouse Turf Machinery. The programme aims to improve the quality of natural turf pitches across all levels of the game with specialist advice and guidance via site visits, with the opportunity to obtain grants and discounted rates off the recommended machinery required to improve pitches. A website has also been developed with the aim of supporting local... Centerplate and Portsmouth Give Supporters More To Cheer About http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3991/title=centerplate+and+portsmouth+give+supporters+more+to+cheer+about Portsmouth FC supporters will find new favourites alongside plenty of traditional stadium classics when the season gets underway at Fratton Park. Centerplate, the clubs new stadium kiosk catering partner, will welcome fans with a range of new food and beverage options to enhance the matchday experience for all. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Centerplate to enhance the stadium food and beverage offering for our supporters, said Anna Mitchell,... Everton Renews Stubhub Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3990/title=everton+renews+stubhub+partnership Everton has renewed its agreement with StubHub until the end of the 2016/17 season. StubHub will remain the clubs official ticket marketplace for the next two seasons. The partnership offers Everton Season Ticket Holders the added benefit of being able to resell their seat for Premier League home matches at Goodison Park they are unable to attend, meaning they can avoid their seat going empty. The 2014/15 Premier League campaign yielded a Club record number of Season Ticket sales, which... Fulham Shines With Visit Florida Sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3989/title=fulham+shines+with+visit+florida+sponsorship+ Fulham Football Club is shining after announcing VISIT FLORIDA as its Main Team Sponsor for the 2015/16 Season. With the UK as Floridas number one overseas market, the opportunity to engage with fans around two passions travel and football is vitally important to VISIT FLORIDA. As the Main Team Sponsor VISIT FLORIDA will adorn the front of Fulhams home, away and third kit. In addition, VISIT FLORIDA will also have signage rights and be featured on the Riverside... Liverpool Launches New Optimised Website http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3988/title=liverpool+launches+new+optimised+website+ Liverpool Football Club have launch their newly re-designed Liverpoolfc.com home and news pages. The site has been created to provide a user friendly experience with both the home and news sections fully optimised and compatible with mobile and tablet devices. The new design, which has been in the making for the past year, enhances the web experience for fans through the adoption of a simplified navigation, reduced clutter, and responsive design for mobile and tablet users as well as utilising... Juventus Expands Asian Retail Presence http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3987/title=juventus+expands+asian+retail+presence Juventus have announced the launch of six online club stores for the Asia Pacific Region. The Italian Serie A champions and Champions League finalists have opened dedicated online retail stores in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea), Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and South-east Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam,... West Brom Sign Training Kit Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3986/title=west+brom+sign+training+kit+partnership West Bromwich Albion have announced the signing of the clubs very first training wear partnership. Following a successful two-year partnership, FCL have extended their association with the Premier League club to become the first training wear partner in the clubs history. First featured on training wear when announcing the signing of James Chester from Hull City last week, FCL will continue to feature on Albions first-team training garments for the 2015/16 season. As well as... EvertonUSA Kicks Off With Unprecedented Access For US Fans http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3985/title=evertonusa+kicks+off+with+unprecedented+access+for+us+fans Everton Football Clubs partnership with EvertonUSA launches new fan-friendly services for US supporters including a new US membership programme, exclusive international ticketing, a Merseyside Derby Trip, and the 2nd Annual Tim Howard Appreciation Day on August 8. For the second season, Everton Football Club remains the only European club to offer fans in North America exclusive access to all matchday tickets, travel packages, and US-specific merchandise and membership through...