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The FIFPro Online Academy is halfway its second year. But FIFPro is already preparing for the next academic year. At its office the worldwide professional footballers’ association organized a special meeting for interested member unions.

 

‘We had two good days’, says Marko Levovnik, spokesperson of the FIFPro Online Academy and also tutor of several students. ‘We welcomed representatives of nineteen European countries and informed them about the possibilities of and the requirements for the FIFPro Online Academy.’

 

The FIFPro Online Academy started in September 2011, with 51 students beginning a ‘Sport Management’ degree course at the University College of Northern Denmark, a cooperation partner of FIFPro in this project. This online study gives students (EU citizens) the opportunity to login whenever suits them best and wherever they want, be it at home, at training camp or anywhere else. With this course FIFPro hopes to prepare professional footballers for their life after their sporting career.

 

During the two-day meeting in Hoofddorp, last Thursday and Friday, FIFPro started its preparations for next season’s classes. ‘We informed the union representatives about everything: from how to approach the players to how to tutor the players during their study. ‘We motivated them to go into the dressing rooms and invite the players to think about joining our program, to make the players aware what great opportunity FIFPro is offering them.‘

 

Levovnik and his colleagues of the FIFPro Online Academy expect a significant increase in the number of participants. ‘I think we can surpass the number of 100 new students. More and more countries wish to participate, and the European professional athletes association EU Athletes is also recruiting students amongst its members.’

 

‘We have noticed that the players who have decided to pick up studies, are very enthused’, knows Levovnik. ‘Last year we had a player of the Slovenian national handball team who signed up for the study. He enjoyed it so much and has become an example for us. This year, thanks to his enthusiastic attitude four other members of our national handball team joined the FIFPro Online Academy. Mind you, the Slovenian national team recently finished fourth at the handball world cup.’

 

FIFPro invites all professional footballers (EU citizens only) who are interested in the FIFPro Online Academy to apply to their national professional footballers’ association. For more information they can visit the FIFPro Online Academy website, or contact Suzanne Bakker at the FIFPro office (s.bakker@fifpro.org) or Jesper Thorup (jesper.thorup@spillerforeningen.dk) at the office of Spillerforeningen, the Danish players union.

 

 

 

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