Doha: The first Executive Football Education Programme has been introduced this year to provide Qatari nationals working within the football community the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the management, operations, governance and regulatory areas in the business of football
The six students are Hamad Al Kuwari – Qatar Football Association (QFA) Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, Ali Al Salat- QFA Media officer, National Team, Ali Homoud Al Naimi – QFA Competition Officer, Ahmed Khalil Abbassi - Qatar Stars league (QSL) Lekhwiya Club Sports Officer, Ibrahim Hilal Al Hilal-QSL Al Sailiya Club Sports Officer, Mohammed Al Thawadi-Aspire Sports Officer.
The programme provided training to a select group, who had been identified through a rigorous selection process. The students had the opportunity to complete a football diploma course that will help enhance their skills and knowledge across various aspects of the business of football. The selected candidates will complete the diploma in football business management over a period of 6 weeks with The University College of Football Business (UCFB)
The overall programme also included English language training at the Berlitz Language Centre in London before the football diploma to enable the participants to achieve an advanced level of English language. The entire programme dates are from January 20 to April 18. The Programme starts with the English language course but also includes:
Three bespoke mentoring sessions on high performance and leadership delivered by Prof. Chris Brady, Professor of Management Studies, Salford Business School.
The UCFB football diploma itself - a bespoke and intensive programme, usually a six (6) months programme will instead be fitted into a tight six week course. A two day visit to St. Georges Park – which will include and extensive tour of the facility and meeting with key personnel who run various aspects of the state of the art football centre.