BRAND NEW GROUP OF SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 17TH CONFERENCE IN LIVERPOOL

6 May 2022

BRAND NEW GROUP OF SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 17TH CONFERENCE IN LIVERPOOL

The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) will host its 17th EFDN ‘#Morethanfootball’ Conference as from 09-11 May 2022 in the home city of two EFDN members in Liverpool on the 9th and 10th of May 2022. EFDN members Liverpool FC and Everton FC will host the Conference in Anfield and Goodison Park. 

This conference is the perfect platform for organisations of all shapes and sizes to share ideas and develop new concepts. EFDN is excited to meet its members and partners again in person at the largest gathering of Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance( ESG) experts in European professional football. You can read more about the topics the participants at the 17th EFDN Conference will be able to learn and exchange about here. It will be an excellent occasion for your organisation to join these experts and broaden your network on CSR in football.

This news article will give you an impression of some more knowledgeable and competent speakers in the fields of Youth crime, Strategy, Leadership, safeguarding and health programmes– who we have contacted to share their expertise with you:

GWILYM JONES – BURNLEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Gwilym Jones, Head of Education at Burnley FC in the Community, is the next confirmed speaker at our 17th EFDN #Morethanfootball Conference in Liverpool on 9 & 11 May 2022.

Gwilym is a qualified Teacher who is our Head of Education at Burnley FC in the Community. Gwilym oversees Premier League Inspires, Premier League Primary Stars, and outdoor pursuits.

”Burnley FC in the Community’s relationship with Secondary Schools has been crucial to the development of programmes from Inspires and Primary Stars to our flagship Schools Mental Wellbeing Programme and Youth Crime Reduction work. The presentation will explore the embedded relationships we have, the outcomes we have already obtained, and our plans for the future.”

MICHAEL COLQUHOUN – BURNLEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Michael Colquhoun, Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community, is the next confirmed speaker at our 17th EFDN #Morethanfootball Conference in Liverpool on 9 & 11 May 2022.

Michael is a qualified Probation Officer who joined Burnley FC in the Community 4 years ago. He is now Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion overseeing up to 19 programmes linked to Crime Reduction, Mental Health, and Inclusion.

”Burnley FC in the Community’s relationship with Secondary Schools has been crucial to the development of programmes from Inspires and Primary Stars to our flagship Schools Mental Wellbeing Programme and Youth Crime Reduction work. The presentation will explore the embedded relationships we have, the outcomes we have already obtained, and our plans for the future.”

MATT PARISH – LFC FOUNDATION

Matt Parish, CEO at LFC Foundation, is the next confirmed speaker at our 17th EFDN #Morethanfootball Conference in Liverpool on 9 & 11 May 2022.

Matt joined the LFC Foundation in March 2019 as Foundation Director and is responsible for leading the charity and its Senior Leadership.

Having started his professional life as a PE Teacher in South East London, he has over 20 years’ experience in sports and community development having previously worked at Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC), two of the leading football club charities in the UK.

As Chief Operating Officer at CACT and Director of Education & Inclusion at BFCitC, Matt led on the development of numerous innovative programmes including being commissioned to run local authority youth services, and alternative education provision for young people at risk of exclusion.

”Following on from LFC Foundation’s presentation at the 2019 conference, this session will explore:

  • Growth and development over the past three years
  • Drivers and key learnings
  • Our 2025 strategy and goals”


BRAM VAN DER PLOEG – EUROPEAN FOOTBALL FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

Bram van der Ploeg, Project Manager at EFDN, is the next confirmed speaker at our 17th EFDN #Morethanfootball Conference in Liverpool on 9 & 11 May 2022.

Bram is currently working at EFDN as a project manager and is responsible for a very diverse amount of projects surrounding CSR within football clubs. In his earlier professional life, he has worked at the foundation of Dutch club FC Utrecht where he was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of all the projects their foundation was running at the time. 

Scoring for Health encourages children from 7 to 14 years and their parents to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make them aware of healthy nutrition. It thus aims to tackle the problem of childhood obesity which, as identified by the World Health Organization, is still a critical issue throughout Europe today. With the underlying target of promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle amongst children, their families and wider communities across Europe, the programme supports the 3rd UN Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well Being and is funded by Erasmus+. 

EFDN launched the European Healthy Football League which is an app-based competition encouraging football fans of all ages to make healthy lifestyle choices and compete against fans from other clubs. Together with their fans, the clubs strive to become the healthiest club in the city, country and Europe. Any fan with a phone using Android or iOS can register and start scoring points for their club. 

The Healthy Football League is free to use for all European football fans, clubs, leagues and national Football Associations. EFDN members have additional features such as customised leagues with local schools, grassroots clubs or community teams and they can create special medals which they can link to their local health programmes. Clubs can engage even more with their fans by awarding discount on tickets and merchandise or giving away premium match day experiences if they are on top of the monthly league table. 

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