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Swieqi United Football Club (SUFC) hosted its first ever “Club Development Seminar”

Posted By Sportinmalta On January 21, 2015 @ 10:25 am In Featured,Football | No Comments

Swieqi United Football Club (SUFC) hosted its first ever “Club Development Seminar” at the Cavalieri Hotel on Saturday 10th January, 2015. The seminar was organised to strengthen the club’s human resources both from a holistic and technical point of view. The seminar was attended by Club Officials, Coaches and Players from the Club’s competitive and development teams. The seminar opened with a session moderated by local journalist Chris Micallef entitled “Maltese Football – Today and Tomorrow”. The panel was also composed of Bjorn Vassallo (Secretary General of the MFA) and Club President Dr. Justin Fenech. The session gave an overview of some important changes happening in Maltese Football , including the issue of parameters, youth development, the women’s football, among others. Mr. Vassallo commended Swieqi on being very well organised and adhering to key values such as seriousness and good management. Franz Tabone (Integrity Officer of the MFA) addressed the seminar on the topic of “Say No to Match Fixing”. Mr. Tabone gave an indepth view of the realities and dangers posed by Match Fixing. He also showcased a number of heart-breaking examples of players that had fallen to the temptation of being involved in Match Fixing and how this lead to them being barred from their favourite sport. Mr. Tabone elaborated on the various forms of safeguards and enforcements that currently exist and are being used by the Association. He warned that Footballers would certainly do well to stay clear of any foul play which can lead to harsh sentences and possibly jail. He concluded that unfortunately many people did not step forward as witnesses due to the fact that there were no proper witness protection schemes. Andrew Azzopardi, Safeguarding Manager of the English FA, gave a presentation on “Positive Attitudes in Football”. Mr. Azzopardi opined that youths and children had to be coached in a positive manner which meant that coaches should highlight what could be done better but should also make it a point to highlight the postiives as well. The quality of support offered by parents and fans was likewise important since positive support is neccessary from the proper development of young athlethes.

Swieqi United’s Head Physio, Josef Pace, gave a presentation on Injury Prevention. Notable points mentioned were the 11+ warm up model presented and ways and methods in which players can prevent injuries whilst also enjoying the game. “The six S’s of successful branding” was the presentation given by Pierre Mizzi, Manager of Logix Communications. Mr Mizzi commended SUFC on the creation of its brand and gave invaluable feedback on how the Club could further improve by adopting and adhering to the six S’s of successful branding. He also stressed on the point that everyone at the club was in charge of brand management though of course in different ways. The main objective of the “Sport Phycology” session given by Adele Muscat (MFA & National Sports School Sport Phycologist) was to encourage everyone to give importance to pre-game preparation and to highlight the importance of being focused. Taking sports psychology seriously is important for any club and will ensure that players maximise all the benefits of this discipline such as (visulisation and positivity) and convert hard work into results.

Finally, Dr. Fenech launched SUFC’s strategic plan preperations for 2015-2018. Dr. Fenech explained how the process will be conducted in stages with a final version launched at the beginning of next season. The President then thanked all those present and wished all players, coaches and technical staff all the best for the remainder of the season.

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