FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Everton Ticketing Voted Best In Premier League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3091/title=everton+ticketing+voted+best+in+premier+league Everton has been voted the best club in the Premier Leagues annual Fan Survey in a host of key areas. Ticketing was one of the most notable successes, with the Blues coming out ahead of all their Premier League rivals. The survey showed that fans rate Everton number one in the Premier League for ease of purchasing tickets online, junior ticket pricing and the matchday experience at Goodison Park. Evertons fans purchase tickets online using Evertons in-house ticketing... NUFC Fans First To Trial New App http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3090/title=nufc+fans+first+to+trial+new+app Newcastle United fans have become the first in the country to benefit from an innovative app which allows them to have refreshments delivered to their seat during a game. VenueMenu has been operating in North America for a number of years and is now planning to grow the scheme across the UK. The company has been working closely with Sodexo Prestige, which operates the catering at St James Park, and has trialled the scheme with great success during the current season. Users download the... David Broadbent Promoted To Head of Partnerships http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3089/title=david+broadbent+promoted+to+head+of+partnerships Oldham have announced the promotion of Sales Marketing Executive, David Broadbent to the role of Head of Partnerships. This new role will task David with strengthening relationships with the club's current commercial partners, whilst also sourcing new partners on a local and national level. In his new role, David will be tacked with maximising commercial revenue for the club over the coming months and years whilst working alongside Commercial Manager, Jenny Warburton to seek out new... Man City Womens FC Enter Groundbreaking Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3088/title=man+city+women%26%23039%3Bs+fc+enter+groundbreaking+partnership Manchester City Womens Football Club (MCWFC) has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with the Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF). This agreement represents the first non-commercial partnership for the women's team and is designed to raise awareness about the opportunities available to women and girls through sport. Research shows that only 8% of 14 year old girls meet recommended physical activity levels (Health Survey for England, 2012) and by adulthood 1.8 million... FA Licensed Coaches’ Club Is World’s Biggest http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3087/title=fa+licensed+coaches%92+club+is+world%92s+biggest The FA Licensed Coaches Club has received praise from UEFA, European footballs governing body, after becoming the biggest football coaching membership scheme in the world, with a landmark figure of 30,000 members. The FAs free-to-join club, which was launched in 2011 to help support the development of coaches at all levels of the English game, reached the remarkable total recently. This prompted UEFAs Chief Technical Officer, Ioan Lupescu, to praise The FAs... She Kicks Forms Partnership With Doncaster Rovers Belles http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3086/title=she+kicks+forms+partnership+with+doncaster+rovers+belles She Kicks, the online community and bi-monthly magazine for girls and womens football in the UK is happy to announce the formation of a partnership with Doncaster Rovers Belles FC. The FA WSL club will work closely with She Kicks to distribute magazines to its fans and in return open up additional revenue streams for the club. We are delighted to be working with a club with such a long and proud history. The Belles have a very loyal and passionate fan base and one they are... 12 FA Presidents To Attend Soccerex Asian Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3085/title=12+fa+presidents+to+attend+soccerex+asian+forum A total of 12 national football association presidents have so far confirmed their attendance at the upcoming Soccerex Asian Forum, taking place on 13-14 May on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jordan, in partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP). With the ultimate decision makers for football in 12 different countries attending, the Forum represents an unrivalled opportunity for businesses looking to expand their network and to present themselves to these industry leaders.... Hearts Parent Company Creditors Agree Share Transfer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3084/title=hearts+parent+company+creditors+agree+share+transfer The creditors committee of Ukio Bankas has today agreed the transfer of its shareholding in Hearts of Midlothian FC to Bidco, the Ann Budge backed company taking over the club. Bryan Jackson, joint administrator of Hearts and a business restructuring partner with BDO LLP, commented: I am delighted that the creditors committee has today agreed the transfer of shares to Bidco. This is one of the final hurdles in the transfer of ownership of the club. I would like to thank the... Aldershot Welcome Two Supporters To The Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3083/title=aldershot+welcome+two+supporters+to+the+board Aldershot Town have welcomed two long-standing supporters to the Board of Directors. Brian Bloomfield and Andy Muckett have been invited to join the clubs Board bringing with them experience in sales, marketing and financial management alongside existing directors John Leppard, Russ Howell, Tony Knights and John Denning, and Chairman Shahid Azeem. Andy Muckett, founder of Aldershot accountancy firm AKM Associates, said: I am extremely proud to have been invited onto the Board of... Newcastle’s Oldest Football Club Given Cash Boost http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3082/title=newcastle%92s+oldest+football+club+given+cash+boost A 120-year-old amateur football club in Gosforth has received a much-needed cash boost to help secure its future for the next generation. Gosforth Bohemians FC, based at Benson Park in the Brunton Park estate, is Newcastles oldest amateur football club. However, its position as a community club came under threat in 2012, after the infamous and devastating Thunder Thursday floods submerged half of the Benson Park grass pitch in over a foot of water. Damage to the 60 year old... Arsenal Launch Official YouTube Channel http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3081/title=arsenal+launch+official+youtube+channel Arsenal have launched an official channel on YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing platform. The channel will give the clubs supporters around the world the opportunity to view new and engaging content and will compliment the Gunners other sites and outlets which include Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Soundcloud, WeChat, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo. As a prelude to the launch of the official YouTube launch, Arsenals YouTube channel was active for just over two... Villa Confirm Culverhouse And Karsa suspension http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3080/title=villa+confirm+culverhouse+and+karsa+suspension Aston Villa have confirmed the suspension of assistant manager, Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations, Gary Karsa. Villa made the announcement following speculation in media that Paul Lamberts assistants had been suspended. The statement released by the club read: The Club can also confirm in response to media speculation that Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa have been suspended pending an internal investigation. However, there has been no indication as to why the... Rangers Sign 32Red Shirt Sponsorship Deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3079/title=rangers+sign+32red+shirt+sponsorship+deal Online casino 32Red have been announced as the new shirt sponsor of Rangers Football Club. 32Red will sponsor Rangers for the next three seasons starting from July 2014. On announcing the deal Ed Ware, CEO of 32Red, commented, "We are delighted to be working with Rangers Football Club and look forward to being part of the continued rise and return of the club. "32Red has a history of successful football club sponsorship deals and we look forward to the next three seasons and our new and proud... FIFPro Prepares Europe For Legal Battle http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3078/title=fifpro+prepares+europe+for+legal+battle New details relating to FIFPros legal challenge to overhaul the transfer system will be presented today at the opening of a two-day European General Assembly, in Dublin. Following last weeks presentation in Guatemala, where member countries across Division America united behind the initiative, FIFPro turns its attention to Europe as the campaign enters a critical phase of strategic global alignment. FIFPro Secretary-General Theo van Seggelen said, We are energised by the... NI Football League Business Forum Success http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3077/title=ni+football+league+business+forum+success The NI Football League has held its first Sponsors and Partners Forum giving each of their stakeholders the opportunity to promote what they do as a business and to explore the various ways that they may be able to work together. Representatives from Danske Bank, Wasp Solutions and Bragbet were joined by the leagues longest standing club sponsor, McBurney Transport (Ballymena United FC) as well as several NI Football League Board members. Graeme Beggs, Market and Communications Manager... Valencia Joins Galatasaray In Jordan For International Expansion Talks http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3076/title=valencia+joins+galatasaray+in+jordan+for+international+expansion+talks Luis Vicente, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer, Valencia CF, has confirmed he will be joining Galatasaray board member Ebru Kksal on the Continent of Opportunity panel at the Soccerex Asian Forum taking place on 13-14 May at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, The Dead Sea, Jordan. One of the biggest and most successful clubs in Spain, Valencia has a global fan base which stretches to all corners of the globe. Competing within a congested market place,... Sheffield United and MBUZZ sign landmark deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3075/title=sheffield+united+and+mbuzz+sign+landmark+deal This Sunday, Sheffield Uniteds FA Cup Campaign will be supported by their new sponsor MBUZZ, the leading Saudi technology, media telecoms group. Thanks to a deal brokered by Sports Revolution, the sports marketing group, the famous red and white striped shirts will feature the MBUZZ name and logo. As Nigel Clough's team head to Wembley Stadium for their semi-final tie with Hull City, backed by 32,500 fans, they will also have the support of the Saudi mobile infrastructure group... The NI Football League hold first Sponsors and Partners Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3074/title=the+ni+football+league+hold+first+sponsors+and+partners+forum The NI Football League has held its first Sponsors and Partners Forum giving each of their stakeholders the opportunity to promote what they do as a business and to explore the various ways that they may be able to work together. Representatives from Danske Bank, Wasp Solutions and Bragbet were joined by the leagues longest standing club sponsor, McBurney Transport (Ballymena United FC) as well as several NI Football League Board members. Graeme Beggs (Market and Communications Manager)... Vying For Vialli: Gianluca Vialli Interview http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3073/title=vying+for+vialli%3A+gianluca+vialli+interview Among the first influx of star foreign players to come and play in the Premier League, Gianluca Vialli remains one of the most recognisable names in football. Best known on these shores for playing and managing Chelsea, winning six trophies, Vialli is now using his status as one of Italys great strikers to help African children through the charity Street Child. With more than 500 appearances in his professional footballing career, Gianluca Vialli is putting his famous face to a cause away... Louis Saha Launches Axis 10 Sports Consulting Group http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3072/title=louis+saha+launches+axis+10+sports+consulting+group Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha and former 1.FC Kln defender Dieter Prestin are delighted to announce the creation of AXIS 10 Sports Consulting Group. The companys mission is to play a central role in helping professional football players gain access to a wide range of high quality products and services. These specially designed solutions will allow football players to protect themselves against financial losses during their sports careers and to better prepare for their... talkSPORT boss to speak at Betting on Football Conference http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3071/title=talksport+boss+to+speak+at+betting+on+football+conference talkSPORT managing director, Calum Macaulay has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at next months Betting on Football Conference, which is being held at Stamford Bridge on 8 May. With expensive television advertising around football saturated by gambling operators, Macaulay will be speaking on the effectiveness of branding around radio in a session entitled: Outside the box opportunities away from TV. talkSPORT is the worlds biggest sports radio... Qatar World Cup Plans Discussed At Soccerex Asian Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3070/title=qatar+world+cup+plans+discussed+at+soccerex+asian+forum The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy is the latest major footballing institution to confirm a huge presence at this years Soccerex Asian Forum, taking place on 13 -14 May, on the banks of The Dead Sea in Jordan, in partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP). Led by Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi, who will speak on the Major Events Panel and deliver an exclusive presentation on Qatars plans to host footballs biggest... FA Propose Total Ban On Football Betting http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3069/title=fa+propose+total+ban+on+football+betting The FA has proposed that from next season, participants at Step 4 and above of the English league system will be banned from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition anywhere in the world. The changes to FA Rules from the start of the 2014-15 season would also see a worldwide prohibition on betting on any other football-related matter, for example, the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection. The passing of inside information to somebody... New Non League Daily Website Launched http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3068/title=new+non+league+daily+website+launched Fans of non-league football will be able to keep up with all the latest news at the new look nonleaguedaily.com . Following a complete redesign of the UKs leading non-league football website to include new and exciting features such as club news, transfers and exclusive interviews, nonleaguedaily.com will be the essential reference for what's happening in this vibrant world of football. Editor, Luke Donkin commented, After much hard work behind the scenes, we are delighted to be... Leeds United Ring Boardroom Changes http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3067/title=leeds+united+ring+boardroom+changes The board of Leeds United faces a reshuffle after Massimo Cellino was granted approval under the Football Leagues Owners and Directors Test to complete his takeover of the club. Initially turned down following his conviction by an Italian Court for tax evasion on a yacht, an independent QC overturned the decision which allows Eleonora Sport, the group headed by Cellino, to take a 75% stakeholding in the club while former majority shareholders GFH Capital and investors will retain 25%....