FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Liverpool To Announce Joint Venture At Soccerex African Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3533/title=liverpool+to+announce+joint+venture+at+soccerex+african+forum Next weeks Soccerex African Forum will feature a press conference involving Liverpool FC and Hoy Park Management that will announce the new venture agreed by the two organisations which aims to increase the development of grassroots football in KwaZulu-Natal. The press conference will be taking place on the second day of the event being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, 4-5 November, with CEO of SAFAs Development Agency Dr. Robin Peterson also set to deliver a presentation on... Russian Minister of Sport To Give Opening Speech At World Football Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3532/title=russian+minister+of+sport+to+give+opening+speech+at+world+football+forum The Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, Vitaly Mutko has been confirmed to deliver the opening speech of the World Football Forum, Russia's biggest football industry event. Mr. Mutko has been long been in the higher echelons of sport in Russia and the world, having included in his resume the presidency of FC Zenit St. Petersburg and the Russian Football Union. His achievements in these roles allowed him to reach the peak of not only international Sport, as a member of the FIFA Executive... Everton Post Record Net Profits http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3531/title=everton+post+record+net+profits Evertons first season under manager Roberto Martinez proved to be as successful off the field as it was on it. The 2013/14 Annual Report highlights record net profits and turnover breaking through the 100m mark for the first time in the Clubs history. In the same season that the Blues recorded their highest ever Premier League points total en route to European qualification, a 39% increase in turnover from 86.4m to 120.5m ensured the Goodison Park club achieved... Clubs can save thousands with Spectrum Energy Miller Sports http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3530/title=clubs+can+save+thousands+with+spectrum+energy++miller+sports Football clubs will be able to avoid spiralling energy bills this winter after Miller Sports Consultancy linked up with Spectrum Energy Systems, a specialist in supplying and installing solar panels and wind turbines. Spectrum Energy has appointed Miller Sports to distribute its eco-friendly solutions to UK clubs who will be able to make potential savings of thousands of pounds on their energy tariffs without spending a penny up front. Spectrum Energy is offering to install solar PV arrays and... Event Announcement: Sportdata Performance Forum, Berlin http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3529/title=event+announcement%3A+sportdata++performance+forum%2C+berlin Big data and new technology has changed the face of sport in recent years. It has affected both players' performance and viewers' experience in more ways than we thought possible and in the process, it has taken sporting performance to new levels. This ground-breaking event brings together leading experts from across a wide spectrum of sports to compare and contrast best practices and new thinking that you will be able to take away and apply within your own sports teams and organisations. Note... Manchester City become first Premier League club to launch dedicated second screen matchday app with... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3528/title=manchester+city+become+first+premier+league+club+to+launch+dedicated+second+screen+matchday+app+with+live+video+replay+technology The Barclays Premier League Champions have become the first Premier League club to launch a dedicated second screen matchday app. Packed with exciting and innovative features designed to bring fans closer to the action than ever before, CityMatchDay launches ahead of Citys upcoming derby clash with Manchester United, which is set to be viewed by millions around the world. Whether supporters are sitting in their favourite seat at the Etihad Stadium, on the move, or watching from their sofa... FIFA, FIFPro and INTERPOL launch joint campaign to fight match manipulation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3527/title=fifa%2C+fifpro+and+interpol+launch+joint+campaign+to+fight+match+manipulation A joint FIFA, FIFPro and INTERPOL global campaign to fight match manipulation has today been launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of match manipulation, to provide positive role models for players, and to educate them - and all other members of the football family - on how to recognise, resist and report any attempts to manipulate matches. To kick off the joint campaign, the three organisations are distributing a DVD produced by... Transparency Protection: key themes at Player Contracts 2014 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3526/title=transparency++protection%3A+key+themes+at+player+contracts+2014 Day One review Regulations and jurisprudence governing player contracts should be more transparent, and should be fit for purpose were the underlying themes at Day One of Player Contracts 2014, organised by World Sports Law Report. Around 200 delegates from 35 countries, including 43 clubs, made their way to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium to hear presentations on topics including FIFA's Intermediary Regulations; Contract Termination; Protection of Minors; FIFA's Transfer Matching System and... Milton Keynes Dons Executive Director joins Football League Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3525/title=milton+keynes+dons+executive+director+joins+football+league+board Milton Keynes Dons Executive Director, Andrew Cullen, has been elected by League 1 clubs to serve on the Board of The Football League. Cullen will represent the division along with Notts County Chief Executive, James Rodwell, who was elected to the Board last year. They will serve alongside Chairman Greg Clarke; Chief Executive Shaun Harvey; Independent Non-Executive Directors Richard Bowker and Debbie Jevans; Championship Directors Andy Ambler (Millwall), Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough) and Karl... Kent FA Finalists For Football Business Award http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3523/title=kent+fa+finalists+for+football+business+award Kent FA are finalists at the 2014 Football Business Awards which take place at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge in November. Selected as one of only eight finalists in the Best Business Serving Football - up to 2m turnover - Kent FA are the only County FA to be recognised on the Football Business Awards shortlists. The Kent FA will face tough competition from fellow nominees Arena Imaging, Designwerk, Libero Sports India Private Limited, Mailman Group, Mask-arade, Perform at St.... Manchester United announce Chi as official soft drinks partner in Nigeria http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3522/title=manchester+united+announce+chi+as+official+soft+drinks+partner+in+nigeria Manchester United has announced a multi-year sponsorship with Chi Limited to become the clubs official soft drinks partner in Nigeria. The deal will allow Nigerias market leader in fruit juices to use the legendary United crest and club imagery on a range of products throughout Nigeria. Founded over 30 years ago, Chi prides itself as Nigerias premier producer of healthy, high quality, fruit and dairy-based beverages enjoyed by millions of customers every year. With brands... The England Football Foundation and Unicef team up to help tackle malaria http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3521/title=the+england+football+foundation+and+unicef+team+up+to+help+tackle+malaria The countrys top football players today take on their most challenging opponent yet as the England Footballers Foundation (EFF) team up with Unicef, the worlds leading childrens organisation, in a new four year partnership that will help tackle malaria; a disease that still claims the life of a child every thirty seconds. Whilst the players are more used to finding the back of the net on the pitch, the EFF and Unicef partnership will see them use their global status... 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Emblem revealed at International Space Station http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3520/title=2018+fifa+world+cup+russia%99+official+emblem+revealed+at+international+space+station The first part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand identity was revealed yesterday with the launch of the events Official Emblem. This key visual asset of the first FIFA World Cup to be held on Russian soil was unveiled with the assistance of the International Space Station crew, and complemented by a light projection on the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The launch of the visual identity for the 21st edition of footballs flagship event was embedded in a special TV... NI Football League Hosts Twitter Workshop For Clubs http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3519/title=ni+football+league+hosts+twitter+workshop+for+clubs The Northern Ireland Football League has held a workshop for clubs who want to improve and enhance their visibility and fan engagement on Twitter. Facilitated by Alex Trickett, Head of Sport, Twitter UK, clubs from the Danske Bank Premiership and Belfast Telegraph Championship were given an insight into the practices used by clubs, associations and players from all around the world. Graeme Beggs, NIFL Marketing and Communications Manager, was delighted with the event and the number of ideas... FA Hand Hereford United Misconduct Charge http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3518/title=fa+hand+hereford+united+misconduct+charge The Football Association (The FA) have confirmed that Hereford United have been charged with misconduct under ODT Regulations. A statement released by The FA read: "Hereford United FC has been charged with misconduct under FA Rule E.1(b) and Regulation 4.2 of The Regulations for the Owners and Directors Test for Clubs (the ODT Regulations). It is alleged that Hereford United has breached Regulation 3.1.1 of the ODT Regulations in not submitting to The Association a... Home Nations Success a Bonus or a Risk? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3517/title=home+nations+success+a+bonus+or+a+risk%3F Home Nations football is enjoying a resurgence with England, Northern Ireland and Wales all currently topping their UEFA European Championship qualifying group and Scotland arent far behind in Group D. With the increase in qualifying teams for Euro 2016 from 16 to 24 we could see more than one of the Home Nations qualify for a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996 when Scotland and England went head to head at Wembley. The accessibility of a tournament in France will set the... Mike Ashley Strengthens Grip On Rangers FC http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3516/title=mike+ashley+strengthens+grip+on+rangers+fc Mike Ashley has strengthened his position at Rangers Football Club after the clubs CEO, Graham Wallace resigned. Wallaces resignation comes days after Finance Director, Philip Nash announced his resignation from the Scottish Championship club. A statement released by the club, read: Rangers announces that Graham Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, has resigned as a director and employee of the Company and its subsidiaries with immediate effect. The Directors would like... Chelsea Appoint Former Liverpool Managing Director http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3515/title=chelsea+appoint+former+liverpool+managing+director Chelsea Football Club have announced the appointment of former Liverpool Managing Director, Christian Purslow. Mr. Purslows appointment, which is effective immediately, will join the West London club to run their global commercial activities. The club has ambitious plans to build the Premier League's most pioneering global commercial programme, partnering with innovative and market-leading organisations from around the world. Chelsea have identified Mr Purslows vision and... Arsenal Welcomes Markets.Com As Official Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3514/title=arsenal+welcomes+markets.com++as+official+partner Arsenal Football Club has welcomed Markets.com, one of the worlds fastest growing Foreign Exchange (Forex) and Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading providers, as an Official Partner. Named as Arsenals official Forex, CFD and Binary Trading Partner, Markets.com will activate the Partnership in a number of territories, with a particular focus on Asia where the Gunners have strong support following recent pre-season tours and sustained digital fan engagement. The agreement will... Player Development Addressed At Soccerex African Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3513/title=player+development+addressed+at+soccerex+african+forum Africa has a rich history of developing stars of the world game and providing life opportunities through football. The Soccerex African Forum, 4-5 November, taking place at the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, will look at how this reputation has been formed with a number of sessions focused on player development in Africa. On the opening afternoon of the Forum, the Pepsi Football Academy will be hosting an exclusive session focusing on the work done by the facility in providing the... Derby County Give Training Ground SIS Pitches Makeover http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3512/title=derby+county+give+training+ground+sis+pitches+makeover Work has recently been completed by SIS on two new 3G pitches at Championship side Derby County F.Cs training centre. The Cumbrian firm began work on the new pitches in early August at The Moor Farm Training Centre, with works completed in early October. Work included installing a new outdoor pitch with spectator area and resurfacing an existing indoor pitch at the facility. SIS Pro Soccer 50 was installed for both pitches, along with 15mm shockpad to the pitch which was laid in situ... Chelsea’s Ron Gourlay To Step Down As CEO http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3511/title=chelsea%92s+ron+gourlay+to+step+down+as+ceo Chelsea Football Club have announced that Ron Gourlay is leaving Chelsea in order to pursue new business opportunities. Mr Gourlay will leave after 10 successful years at the club including five as Chief Executive. The club, and in particular the owner and directors, wish to thank Ron for his many years of service to Chelsea and support his desire to seek new challenges. Rons efforts have helped the club to achieve its position as one of the leading football clubs in the world. Pending... New £300,000 3G Pitch Opens In North Tyneside http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3510/title=new+%A3300%2C000+3g+pitch+opens+in+north+tyneside A state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) was officially opened at Lockey Park, Wideopen, by the Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, recently. The project was made possible thanks to a 99,000 grant from the Premier League The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. The new floodlit 3G pitch will be used extensively by local grassroots club, Wideopen Juniors. The club, who... Aston Villa Partner With Asia Travel Corporation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3509/title=aston+villa+partner+with+asia+travel+corporation Aston Villa have announced Asia Travel Corporation as the clubs Official Far East Online Travel Partner. Asia Travel Corporation provides travel-related services throughout Asia, including online travel platforms and services, online hotel and flights booking and reservation services. Over the past three years Asia Travel Corporation has become the most successful tour package business operator in Asia, with much of that growth down to the passionate support within the region for Barclays... All About Ballerz Announce Investment Plans http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3508/title=all+about+ballerz+announce+investment+plans Oporto Sports is delighted to announce a working partnership with leading online football platform, All About Ballerz (AAB). The agreement will see Oporto Sports support AAB with tailored publicity services, whilst complimenting the organisations various existing online promotion. The campaign is devised with the primary aim of attracting external investment and is EIS and SEIS approved. All About Ballerz was created by former professional footballer, Guy Branston, in order to offer a...