FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News 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... National Football Museum Celebrates One Million Visitors http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3507/title=national+football+museum+celebrates+one+million+visitors The National Football Museum welcomed their one-millionth visitor yesterday (21 st Oct 2014), a fantastic achievement in just over two years. The museum, which opened in Manchester in July 2012, has trumped all expectations in terms of visitor numbers welcoming its 100,000 th visitor after just six weeks, 350,000 visitors after nine months, half a million in just over a year and now, an impressive one million people have walked through the turnstiles. With a unique combination of rare... Soccerex Americas Forum Welcomes Industry Leading Partnerships http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3506/title=soccerex+americas+forum+welcomes+industry+leading+partnerships Soccerex has announced some of the high-profile partnerships that have been established for the Americas Forum that is taking place this week at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) in Barbados. The event is held in conjunction with Barbados Tourism Marketing, the Forums host partner and welcomes the Ministry of Culture, Sports Youth, the Hilton Resort Barbados and broadcasters SportsMax as event partners, with the Caribbean Football Union an Institutional Supporter for the... Alan Shearer, Patrick Vieira and Michael Owen among the players to join legends in the National... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3505/title=alan+shearer%2C+patrick+vieira+and+michael+owen+among+the+players+to+join+legends+in+the+national+football+museum+hall+of+fame Ten football legends were inducted to the National Football Museum Hall Of Fame in a glittering ceremony at the museum in Manchester, last week. Guests including Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini saw host Dan Walker and a collection of football greats honour the new inductees, including Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Patrick Vieira. Premier League all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer received his award from former Southampton team-mate Iain Dowie, and spoke about how lucky he was to... Government Sets Up Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert Group http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3504/title=government+sets+up+supporter+ownership+and+engagement+expert+group Supporters Direct, Government and football authorities all represented on group that will look at removing barriers to community-owned clubs and improving fan engagement. The government and football authorities are to work together to explore ways in which fans can have more engagement in the running of the clubs they support, Sports Minister Helen Grant announced today. The Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert group, that will have its first meeting in London next month, has... Birmingham City Launch New Loyalty Portal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3503/title=birmingham+city+launch+new+loyalty+portal Birmingham City have announced the launch of the brand new Blues Loyalty Portal. The new portal will allow season ticket holders and True Blue Members to check their points balance and have access to a selection of exclusive discounts, benefits and money-cant-buy experiences. The portal is built by Green 4 and all links into their central CRM system. 4Sight Sport, Green 4s CRM Marketing agency have also helped with the design and strategic elements. Alongside the launch of the new... Ryman League In Safe Hands With Precision http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3502/title=ryman+league+in+safe+hands+with+precision+ The Ryman League has this week announced a partnership agreement with leading training aid specialists Precision. The British sports brand will become the Official Training Aid suppliers to the Ryman League with immediate effect. The Nottingham based company will create a dedicated web portal for all clubs throughout the Ryman League to purchase their state of the art training equipment from the first team down to the junior sides. David Sanderson, Brand and Marketing Director, said: We... FA Approves Waltham Forest Company Limited Status Transfer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3501/title=fa+approves+waltham+forest+company+limited+status+transfer The Football Association has approved the transfer of Waltham Forest FC as a Company Limited by guarantee to a Company Limited by shares. This decision gives the club the opportunity to attract investment from a wider range of backers. The new Company will be known as Waltham Forest AFC Ltd (Company number 9132463) and the Chairman is Houssein Houssein. The chairman of the previous company, Turgut Esendagli, will remain as a major shareholder and most of the directors have joined the new company... Ronaldo Surpasses 100 Million Facebook Fan Mark http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3500/title=ronaldo+surpasses+100+million+facebook+fan+mark Cristiano Ronaldo, named as the most marketable football player in the world by Repucom in May this year, has extended that claim by reaching 100 million Facebook fans. He becomes the first athlete to break the 100 million mark in terms of Facebook fans and of the top ten highest ranking sports clubs, leagues, tournaments, franchises and players on Facebook, Ronaldo tops the lot, with over 23 million more fans than second placed, FC Barcelona which has 76.8 million fans. Ronaldo is... Arsenal Launch Chinese Online Store http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3499/title=arsenal+launch+chinese+online+store Arsenal Football Club have opened a new official e-commerce store for supporters in China on the TMALL platform. The store, which is in simplified Chinese, will be Arsenals official e-commerce store in the country. Following the clubs first Asian tour in 2011 and yearly official visits to China since, the clubs fanbase has grown significantly with more than four million fans engaging on Arsenals Chinese digital platforms, including Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and... Labour Proposes Radical Shake-up Of Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3498/title=labour+proposes+radical+shake-up+of+football Labour have announced plans for a radical shake-up of football that could see fans given a place in the boardroom. Under the plans unveiled today Labour would look to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and the opportunity to buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes. Clive Efford MP, Labours Shadow Sports Minister, launched the proposals for the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the... Saints Extend Verteda Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3497/title=saints+extend+verteda+partnership Southampton FC extends its Verteda hospitality and venue management solution with unique queue-busting smartphone app. Premier League club Southampton Football Club (Saints) is implementing Qjacker from Verteda Ltd (formerly Agilysys (Europe) Ltd) at St Marys Stadium, enabling fans to pre-order food and refreshments from their smartphone or desktop - and so avoid queues at concession stands in public concourse areas. Southampton FC originally chose Verteda as a strategic... Manchester United Footballs Biggest Spenders http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3496/title=manchester+united+football%26%23039%3Bs+biggest+spenders+ There's no more hectic, crazy, and exciting time during the football season than the summer transfer window, especially in the final couple of weeks as clubs scramble to sign new players. Within a couple of months the whole madness will start again when the winter transfer window opens in January - so let's remind ourselves of the biggest spending clubs in European football so far this season; the teams who splashed the most cash on players at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, according to... Ronaldinho’s Querétaro FC Sign Up For Soccerex Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3495/title=ronaldinho%92s+quer%E9taro+fc+sign+up+for+soccerex+americas+forum Arturo Villanueva, Vice President of Quertaro Futbol Club, the club that recently signed the masterful talents of Ronaldinho, has confirmed his participation at this months Soccerex Americas Forum, 21-22 October, taking place at the renowned Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados. Villanueva will be joining Philadelphia Union founder, CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz in leading a debate titled The Game of Opportunity that will focus on the trials and... St James Park Listed An Asset of Community Value http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3494/title=st+james%26%23039%3B+park+listed+an+asset+of+community+value St James Park has been listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) after an application from the clubs supporters trust was accepted. Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), who made the application, have today confirmed that St. James Park will be protected under the Localism Act 2011 and joins the likes of Manchester Uniteds Old Trafford and Liverpools Anfield Stadium which have also been listed,. A statement released by the trust read,... Sunderland Expands Its Commercial Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3493/title=sunderland+expands+its+commercial+team Sunderlands latest signing is all set to help the club reach further success both on and off the pitch. Matt Smith, 36, has been appointed Assistant Commercial Director at Sunderland AFC and will be working towards developing new sponsorship and partnership opportunities. Matt took up his first job at Rangers FC in Glasgow before working his way up through a variety of roles, finally being appointed Sponsorship Manager which involved dealing with top brands such as Carling, T... Cost Of Watching Football Busts Rate Of Inflation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3492/title=cost+of+watching+football+busts+rate+of+inflation The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time. In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest matchday ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League... Financial Fair Play Hailed A Success But More Work Needed http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3491/title=financial+fair+play+hailed+a+success+but+more+work+needed UEFAs Financial Fair Play regulations have received the support of key European football stakeholders during a roundtable discussion in Nyon on Monday. The meeting, hosted by UEFA President Michel Platini, was part of a collaborative and consultative process to discuss the evolution of the regulations. Its believed that the financial regulation have been successful in helping clubs to live within their means, in reducing reckless spending and have been universally accepted, but... Andy Walker To Join England PR Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3490/title=andy+walker+to+join+england+pr+team The FA has appointed Andy Walker as the new senior communications manager for the England mens team. Walker joins The FAs communications division from Birmingham City FC where he held the post of head of media and communications. During his time at Birmingham, Walker has overseen media demands around the club's 2011 Carling Cup triumph, the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship, the UEFA Europa League and two successive UEFA Women's Champions League campaigns. He is a... Sir Bobby Charlton Hosts Fundraising Dinner For ‘Find A Better Way’ Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3489/title=sir+bobby+charlton+hosts+fundraising+dinner+for+%91find+a+better+way%92+charity Manchester Busby Babe and England Legend calls for new supporters to join gala dinner for the unveiling of latest humanitarian plans for his charity 'Find a Better Way'. Manchester United and England football star, Sir Bobby Charlton, will be joined by hundreds of guests on Thursday 23rd October at The Rosewood, London for a star studded fundraising gala dinner to support new ground-breaking research plans to be announced by his Knutsford based landmine charity, Find A Better Way. Launched in...