FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Arsenal Announce Kenyan Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4214/title=arsenal+announce+kenyan+partnership SportPesa will become Arsenal FCs Official Betting Partner in Kenya its been announced today. This long term partnership will allow SportPesa to engage directly with Arsenal supporters in Kenya through the clubs digital channels, promotional activities and marketing initiatives featuring first-team players and club legends. Arsenal will also offer the opportunity for Kenyan football administrators to meet and learn from expert Arsenal staff and take these learnings back to... 20th Century Fox Starring Manchester United http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4213/title=20th+century+fox+starring+manchester+united Manchester United has announced a groundbreaking global partnership with film distributor 20th Century Fox. The film production and distributor, 20th Century Fox has teamed up with United to promote its latest blockbuster movies during the clubs home games. Throughout the season the clubs digital perimeter boards and post-match interview backdrops at Old Trafford will be used to promote films, such as Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence . A short film... Wingate Finchley Show Skills For Blood Cancer Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4212/title=wingate++finchley+show+skills+for+blood+cancer+charity Wingate Finchley Football Club are using their football skills for good by taking part in Delete Blood Cancer UKs football challenge before match kick-off this Saturday 6th of February. The team want to raise awareness and encourage their fans to register on the day as potential blood stem cell donors to help save the lives of blood cancer patients. Delete Blood Cancer UK have created a full size goalmouth target known as the DBC Tekkers Goal, which comprises 5 holes... Mervyn King Appointed To Aston Villa Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4211/title=mervyn+king+appointed+to+aston+villa+board Aston Villa Football Club has announced the appointment of Lord King of Lothbury, the former Governor of the Bank of England, to its Board of Directors. Chairman Steve Hollis said: "I was delighted when Mervyn agreed to join the Board. His dedicated support for the Club is well known. "Mervyn successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory and his appointment to the Board is a huge boost as we plan our path back to more successful times."... Manchester City To Win The League? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4210/title=manchester+city+to+win+the+league%3F Manchester City will win their third Premier League title in five seasons, according to a simulation run using Football Manager 2016. The team at Sports Interactive, makers of the popular football management game, simulated the remainder of the season and factored in the signings made during the January transfer window. Manuel Pellegrini will be given the perfect send-off before Pep Guardiola takes the reins in the summer as City pip Arsenal to the crown by just a single point. Leicesters... NIFL Sponsorship Helps JBE Reach Their Goals http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4209/title=nifl+sponsorship+helps+jbe+reach+their+goals Sponsorship of the Northern Ireland Football League has helped JBE achieve its goals for the season. In August, JBE Mechanical Electrical teamed up with the NI Football League to announce their sponsorship for what was to become the JBE League Cup for the 2015/16 season with the result of this sponsorship culminating in the Final on 13 February when Ards face Ciftonville. Managing Director John Blairs major aim was to increase the visibility of JBE in the marketplace and develop the... Liverpool Announce New Price Ticket Structure http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4208/title=liverpool+announce+new+price++ticket+structure Liverpool FC have released the pricing and ticket structure ahead of Anfield's new Main Stand opening for the start of the 2016-17 season. Today's announcement follows a 13-month consultation with the Ticket Working Group, a sub-group of the official Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee, which has met regularly with the club over the last year to discuss affordability and accessibility of tickets. Ian Ayre, chief executive officer, Liverpool FC, said: With the opening of our expanded Main... Sodexo Sales Team Scores At St Jamesí Park http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4207/title=sodexo+sales+team+scores+at+st+james%92+park A pioneering event to support families living with autism, has earned staff at one of the UKs most famous football grounds a special award. In the run up to Christmas, the Sodexo Prestige Venues Events sales team, which manages catering and events at Newcastles St James Park, held a festive lunch for youngsters with the condition. Around 100 guests, including 32 autistic children attended the event, which included a visit from Santa Claus and a mini-tour of the stadium... A Synthetic Solution For Postponements http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4206/title=a+synthetic+solution+for+postponements After a mild start to winter, the weather has started to take its toll on football matches across the country. On Boxing Day a total of 18 professional matches were called off, with many more semi-professional and amateur games postponed and/or cancelled across the UK. The disruption continued into the New Year, with some clubs still struggling to recover from one of the wettest and most destructive Christmas periods on record. The shocking images of the floods which affected Carlisles... Sunderland Launch Chinese Website http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4205/title=sunderland+launch+chinese+website Sunderland AFC has become the latest Barclays Premier League football club to launch its website in Mandarin. The Black Cats have officially launched their new Chinese website as the club continues to increase its links with football fans across the Asian continent. The new website will provide the tools for the club to connect with Asian sports fans and offer them the latest SAFC news, player interviews and behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the official YouKu channel. The website follows... Total January spend of £175m sees Premier League transfer spending surpass £1 billion in a season... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4204/title=total+january+spend+of+%A3175m+sees+premier+league+transfer+spending+surpass+%A31+billion+in+a+season+for+the+first+time Premier League clubs spent 175m in the January 2016 transfer window, according to analysis by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. This brings the total gross spending by Premier League clubs for the 2015/16 season to over 1 billion, a new record. This surpasses the previous season record of 965m, set last season. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, commented: Premier League clubs have chosen to spend significantly in this years... The Football Association renews Tickets for Troops pledge http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4202/title=the+football+association+renews+tickets+for+troops+pledge The Football Association has renewed its support for the British Armed Forces by donating tickets to the troops for England football matches for the seventh year through military charity Tickets For Troops. One thousand troops and their families have been invited to watch England v Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on 29 March for the Three Lions first international fixture of the year on home soil. The FA is a long-standing supporter of Tickets for Troops and have provided thousands of... Giving the boot to sad football goal posts in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4201/title=giving+the+boot+to+sad+football+goal+posts++in+norfolk%2C+suffolk+and+essex The UKs leading manufacturer of goals, posts and nets is on a mission to find and replace sad football goal posts across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. With the support of local communities, schools and football clubs within the regions, Harrod UK is launching the saddest goal post campaign to discover these glum and potentially unsafe goal posts and replace the sad with the sublime. In conjunction with the leading professional organisation for grounds management Institute of... Premier League transfer spending this season reaches the £1bn mark http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4200/title=premier+league+transfer+spending+this+season+reaches+the+%A31bn+mark As the 2016 January transfer window enters its final hours, Deloittes analysis shows that Premier League gross spending this window currently stands at 130m. This brings the total gross spending so far this season for Premier League clubs to 1bn, a new record. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, commented: Weve seen Premier League clubs again use the January window to invest significantly in playing talent. With a day left, the total... FC Barcelona launches Turkish language Twitter account http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4199/title=fc+barcelona+launches+turkish+language+twitter+account FC Barcelona has opened a new Turkish language Twitter account ( @fcbarcelona_tr ) as part of its plan to keep in closer touch with its huge fan base in Turkey. The Twitter account is the first stage of a medium term plan, which will end with the launch of a Turkish language version of the official website. At the end of the 2015/16 season, Turkish will be added to the nine languages in which the website is already published (Catalan, Spanish, English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Indonesian,... The FA Reforms Sees Dyke Step Down http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4198/title=the+fa+reforms+sees+dyke+step+down Greg Dyke has announced he is to step down from his position as FA Chairman in the summer. In a statement given to the FA Board meeting today at Wembley Stadium, Dyke said he will remain as FA Chairman until the Summer FA Council meeting in July but will not remain beyond that. He told the Council: "As you know, in early January I announced I would stand as Chairman of The FA for a further year although I wasnt certain this was the right decision for either The FA or me. "During January,... Comment: What Is The Future Of Football Testimonials? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4197/title=comment%3A+what+is+the+future+of+football+testimonials%3F Nicola Hewitt, specialist tax lawyer at Walker Morris comments on the changes to football testimonials This history of sporting testimonials is a long one. The practice started as a means to pay tribute to a particular player, usually at the end of their career, and to provide a tax free lump sum for their retirement when the sport offered relatively low wages and a short career. These payments were typically modest and usually took the form of a whip-round amongst the crowd. As the... Partick Thistle Fans Draw The Yellow Card http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4196/title=partick+thistle+fans+draw+the+yellow+card++ Partick Thistle fans will become part of the action as the club blurs the boundaries between art and football. Former Glasgow art student turned world-renowned artist, Jonathan Monk, has created his own unique giveaway for Partick Thistle fans in the third of a line-up of artist collaborations with the club. Jonathan has created a yellow card fans can take away and use during the match, giving a nod to both the sporting and artistic worlds. Fans are encouraged to get their new cards out whenever... Date Set For Performance Data Fan Engagement Symposium http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4193/title=date+set+for+performance+data++fan+engagement+symposium 2016 sees the launch of a new ground-breaking event The Performance Data Fan Engagement Symposium bringing together leading international experts from the worlds most renowned sports associations, disciplines, businesses and teams in one place. This two-day conference will cover the hottest topics and answer the most pressing questions in driving the application of content and data analytics to increase fan engagement, increase revenue and improve sports reporting... Five Candidates Confirmed For FIFA Presidential Elections http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4195/title=five+candidates+confirmed+for+fifa+presidential+elections Five candidates will bid to run world football after FIFA confirmed its Presidential hopefuls. The election of a new President of FIFA is due to take place in Zurich on 26 th February. The five remaining candidates are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa from Bahrain, Gianni Infantino of Italy, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Frenchman, Jerome Champagne. The new President will succeed Sepp Blatter following his decision to stand down and subsequent banning... Tottenham Hotspur Launch Training Scheme For Unemployed http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4194/title=tottenham+hotspur+launch+training+scheme+for+unemployed Tottenham Hotspur and StubHub are helping the capitals young people into employment through a new initiative launched today. The Tottenham Hotspur Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme, delivered by the Clubs Foundation in partnership with StubHub, will provide 16-24 year olds from North London with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or future work. The StubHub Foundation, a corporate-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, has provided the... Digital in Football: Time To Reflect On Retail Performance http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4192/title=digital+in+football%3A+time+to+reflect+on+retail+performance The start of a new year is often the time for personal and professional reflection. Rather embarrassingly, I may have already diverted off the 'commit to get fit' pathway but Im still optimistic it will happen before the end of the month! I am much more buoyant, however, about the positive changes that can be affected in the workplace in the coming 12 months. Digital in football in 2016 presents some massive opportunities for clubs and whilst there is seldom time certainly in... China Watches Over Arsenal With CCTV Agreement http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4191/title=china+watches+over+arsenal+with+cctv+agreement Arsenal has become the first Premier League club to forge a co-operation agreement with Total Soccer, the most popular football show on Chinas CCTV Sports channel. Exclusive content, including interviews with Arsenal players and videos, will be made available to the two hour programme which runs every Monday. Total Sports Programme Head, Jiang Heping, said: The EPL is the most popular football league in China and President Xi has mentioned during his state visit in the UK... Football Foundation Publishes Annual Review http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4190/title=football+foundation+publishes+annual+review Nearly 30 million hours of sport were played at Football Foundation funded-facilities in 2014/15 according to the UKs largest sports charity who today published its Annual Review. The Review provides analysis of the funding awarded, projects delivered, outcomes achieved and explains how its advanced delivery systems are used effectively to target investment into the countrys local sports infrastructure over the last 12 months. The Foundation delivers investment on behalf of its... Hayley McQueen Backs £1.5m Grassroots Fund http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4189/title=hayley+mcqueen+backs+%A31.5m+grassroots+fund Football Foundation Ambassador and Sky Sports News anchor, Hayley McQueen, has announced that 1.5m of funding, designed specifically for grassroots clubs to start new teams and qualify more coaches to cater for under-represented groups, is set to open for applications. The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs with the costs associated with creating new teams, which will give opportunities to those who have limited options to join...