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Tony Higgins, member of the FIFPro Europe Division Board as well as of the steering group on education, FIFPro Online Academy Project Representative and president of the Scottish union, spent a studious day in Paris on 13 September.

 

Invited by Joël Delpierre, Director of Europ Sports Reconversion (ESR), one of the services offered by UNFP to French professionals, Tony Higgins participated in several working meetings after which he declared to be: ‘impressed by the French training and retraining model.  Work carried out at all levels, both before and during training and retraining periods, should serve as an example at a time where we are thinking about and looking for solutions within the FIFPro to offer the greatest number of players the facilities to prepare their after-career in the best conditions possible.’

 

After the ESR team presented him with its methodology (skills overview, discussions with the player, training and then retraining work), methods implemented, as much human as technological (on line training, etc.), and the various agreements entered into on the national level to facilitate footballers’ entry into their new active life, Tony Higgins has been calling to mind the FIFPro Academy project.

 

Then the Scottish president participated in the different information meetings, traditionally organized by ESR for the benefit of players developing in France. That Monday, reference was made on the one hand to the Sports Organization and Management University Certificate (Dugos) and, on the other hand, to the training in real estate professions.

 

The players present at the information meeting on Dugos

 

 

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