African football stakeholders to partner European countries

By Daily Sports on May 19, 2018

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The inaugural Euro-Africa Football-Partnership Forum (EAF) has been scheduled to take place in Madrid, Spain, on September 26, 2018 and it will follow the World Football Summit (WFS), which is taking place in the city from September 24-25.

Gerom Media, the organisers of the Euro-Africa Forum, is arranging for delegates from Africa to also attend the WFS with both events offering increased networking and partnership opportunities.

According to Gerrit Davids, MD of Gerom Media, “It has come as no surprise that the WFS has in such a short space of time, became the world’s premier football convention.

“More than 2300 delegates from 80 countries have attended in 2017 engaging with 90 international football experts debating key issues on how to take the game to the next level.”

Davids said that the stature of WFS bears testimony to the fact that it has just renewed its partnership with LaLiga “to continue working together in the promotion and growth of global football”.

The agreement guarantees that LaLiga will have maxim participation and exposure at WFS and it is hoped that it would extend its overtures to more African countries looking to partner them.

The Summit has also recently extended its partnership with the Johan Cruyff Institute, which will host a panel discussion with a number of ex-players on their transition to the world of football business.

The inaugural Euro-Africa Football Partnership Forum, taking place a day after the WFS, will facilitate discussions on sustainable cooperation agreements between European and African football associations (FA’s), leagues, clubs, player unions, academies, elite coaches, agents and other football organisations respectively.

Davids said that with the recent launch of the African Football Alliance (AFA) in both Johannesburg and Lagos, Nigeria, “football stakeholders from the continent will have no better event on offer, where they could discuss and forge cooperation agreements, not only with Spanish football bodies, but also potentially with the likes of the European Clubs Association (ECA), which is led by Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus”.

The European Leagues, an association which is the voice of 32 professional football leagues from across the continent, has also been confirmed to participate in the WFS, giving African leagues the perfect opportunity to engage their counterparts on issues that are common to them.

Delegates will have the option to attend a Masterclass covering key aspects of football business, sponsorship and marketing.

Those making the trip to Spain will also have the opportunity to watch the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona playing in both the Champion’s League and LaLiga prior to the Summit and the Forum.

African delegates are offered a 50% discount on the Summit fees, which is subject to availability on http://www.sportsbusiness.co.za

•Photo shows Gerrit Davids, MD of Gerom Media

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 19, 2018

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