EPFL organises Workshop on Youth Development

Cologne, 10 December 2009

In line with its recent study on Protection of Young Players and Training Clubs and following the relevant launch of the EPFL Recommendation on Recruitment, Training, Education and Protection of Young Players, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues will organise a Workshop on Youth Development, to be held in Cologne, on 10 December 2009.

The development of this initiative occurs within the scope of the EPFL Committee on Players’ Transfers and Players’ Agents and it is primarily aimed to promote best practice on recruitment, training and education of young football players, as well as the protection under aged players in the international football context.

The workshop will also include a detailed field visit to the K�ln FC Training Academy, during which the participants shall be able to learn and get in direct contact with the highest standards practiced in this field in Germany.

The workshop, chaired by the DFL Bundesliga COO, Holger Hieronymus, will see the intervention, among others, of the President of the Spanish Football League, Member of the EPFL Board of Directors and EPFL Representative at the FIFA Sub-Committee on the Status of Players, José Luis Astiazarán as well as Michael Meier and Christoph Henkel, respectively CEO of 1. FC K�ln and Managing Director of the 1. FC K�ln Youth Academy.

Notes from the Editor:

EPFL Recommendation on Recruitment, Training, Education and Protection of Young Players
This pioneering initiative fosters the implementation of a series of best practices in terms of youth development. Among its primary objectives, special focus is given to the promotion of the ethics and highest standards across football as well as appropriate forms of cooperation between the various responsible sports bodies. In this respect, a wide array of specific recommendations is contemplated to ensure that all young players train and play in a safe and supportive environment and that they are protected from potential abuses which may arise from the international movement of young players contrary to the applicable rules and regulations.

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