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SRtRC Weekend Of Action

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The 2014/15 Show Racism the Red Card Weekend of Action takes place across the Scotland’s football grounds this weekend.

At every SPFL game across the country this weekend (Friday 17th October/Saturday 18th October) clubs will unite in calling for an end to racism in both football and society in general.

They will be joined by players from more than 40 European countries as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network which is against racism and discrimination.

The Scotland national team showed their support for the campaign during their get together ahead of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Georgia.

Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland said: “PFA Scotland is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Fortnight of Action. Show Racism the Red Card staff do sterling work throughout the year, in particular working with young people and schools. A lot of this goes unnoticed in the media which is why the Fortnight of Action is important to promote publically all the good work that is done behind the scenes.

“Huge steps have been made towards eradicating racism from the game in this country; we must not however become complacent as there is always work to do and must continue to support the good work of the campaign.

“The players’ union have been supporters of the campaign since its inception when Tony Higgins was one the main driving forces in the formation of the Scottish arm.

“Since then Show Racism the Red Card has become a model for anti-racist campaigns in football throughout the world. Our members have been strong in their support over the years and will once again get fully behind the message that racism and other forms of discrimination are not acceptable within Scottish football.”

For more information on the Weekend of Action go to the Show Racism the Red Card website www.theredcardscotland.org

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FIFA FIFPro World XI Voting Underway Among PFAS Members

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Players from Inverness and Ross County have had their say in this season’s 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI vote.

Both sets of players made their choices last week during one of our PFA Scotland visits.

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Inverness captain Richie Foran and his teammates – currently sitting third in the Scottish Premiership after an impressive start to the season – took their time deciding who got the nod as they followed in the steps of last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates in selecting their World XI.

Their local rivals Ross County followed suit with assistant manager Billy Dodds giving the lads a few pointers on who he thought should be included.

Over the next few weeks, Stuart and Michelle from PFA Scotland will be asking players from across the country to join the lads from Inverness and Ross County in casting their votes for the ultimate prize which will be announced next January at the Ballon d’Or in Switzerland.

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Old Course Deal for PFAS Members

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PFA Scotland have teamed up with the Old Course Hotel St Andrews to give our members an International Break offer.

The internationally renowned hotel – famous for its golfing connections – has just hosted the Dunhill Links Championship won by English golfer Oliver Wilson.

So if you fancy getting away from it all during the international break and maybe fitting in a round at the Old Course then the hotel is offering a deal of £150 per room Bed and Breakfast.

Anyone interested should contact Fiona Gray, Senior Sales Manager, on 07791 889674 or email fiona.gray@oldcoursehotel.co.uk.

You will need to quote your PFA Scotland membership to access the deal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Launches the World XI Vote

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The vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI has officially been launched.

For the tenth consecutive year, FIFPro invites up all professional footballers worldwide to vote for their World XI.

The reigning World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo filled in the first ballot for this year’s players’ vote starting the debate on which eleven players will make it into this year’s team.
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On Monday January 12, the all star 11 will be announced jointly by FIFA and FIFPro at the Ballon d’Or in Switzerland.

Luis Rubiales, FIFPro Vice President and President of Spanish players union AFE, officially handed the first ballot to Cristiano Ronaldo.

More than twenty thousand professional footballers worldwide will follow Ronaldo’s example in the upcoming month.

They will chose the eleven players who according to them deserve most to be in the World XI – they must pick 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.

“I am proud and pleased to be here and to be able to nominate the best eleven players in the world”, said Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been a member of the World XI since 2007, a record 7 selections.

“It means a lot to be part of the best eleven in the world. The players are the guys who really understand this business more than anybody else. I hope that I will be voted for the eighth consecutive year – that would be amazing.”

Ronaldo explained how he produced his World XI: “There are many criteria. They are what a player has done in the past season, the titles he has won at both the collective level and the individual level, and the start of this season too.

“It is about the players who are more consistent and who demonstrate a high level all through the year and also have obtained the most important titles, which in my opinion were the Champions League and the World Championship.

“I think those are the criteria that should count the most.”

PFA Scotland will be giving forms to all our members over the coming weeks so they can play their part in deciding who makes it into the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

 

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PFA Scotland Website Changes

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The PFA Scotland website will be undergoing a few changes over the coming weeks as we update the site.

Please bear with us as while we are making a few improvements and please keep checking the site regularly to see what has changed.

We value our members feedback so if there is anything you would like to see on the website that isn’t already there then please contact Michelle Evans on michelle@pfascotland.co.uk or call her on 07796 171490.

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PFA SCOTLAND “PLAYER” NEWSLETTER ELEVENTH EDITION

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PFA Scotland is delighted to make available the eleventh edition of  its “Player” newsletter.

Included in the final publication for season 2013-14 is a feature on Livingston’s Andrew Barrowman and his participation in the FIFPro degree course, Brett Molloy of East Stirlingshire discuss his experience with social media, while former Partick Thistle youngster Bradley Halsman describes his new business venture.

There is also a review of the launch of the educational film Mind Games: Mental Health in Scottish football, a look back at the recent CV and Career Planning course, along with information on third party ownership and social dialogue.

To read the newsletter online please click on the following link:

http://content.yudu.com/A2sn73/PFASissue11/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRIBUTE TO DAVID TAYLOR

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Following the sad passing of former SFA Chief Executive David Taylor, PFA Scotland Chief Executive paid his tributes on behalf of the organisation.

“David was always an approachable and thoughtful man who was always interested in listening to the opinion of others.  In particular he was willing to consult with the players union on various issues.  He was passionate about Scottish football and the National Team in particular.”

“I was speaking to him only last month and he was extremely happy in his job at UEFA.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time”

FIFPro Board Member and PFA Scotland President Tony Higgins added “I was so shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing as I spoke to him recently at a London airport and he was in fine fettle.”

“  I knew David well from both his roles at the SFA and UEFA and I found him to genuinely believe that proper dialogue with the players’ was fundamental to good governance in football.  He was also very popular with staff at UEFA and was held in the highest esteem.  Football will sorely miss his presence”

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MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS COURSE

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In recent seasons PFA Scotland has organised and held a bespoke Media and Communications course for players.

The two day course is aimed at providing players with relevant insight and guidance in a number of areas including being interviewed by the media, improving presentation skills, increasing awareness of body language, and delivery of information.

There have been a number of players who have participated in the course, with their motivation for doing so ranging from enhancing their ability to talk to a group and therefore assist their coaching capabilities, to making them more likely to make the most of media opportunities that may be offered to them and simply increasing general confidence when public speaking.

Two former participants are Liam Craig and Robbie Neilson who were both happy to share their experiences of taking part in the course.

Robbie, recently appointed Head Coach at Hearts said “I decided to enrol on the media course as I primarily wanted to improve my confidence levels while speaking in front of large groups, such as in team or squad meetings.  I also wanted to improve the quality of my speech delivery during such talks as I feel that this is an important but sometimes overlooked aspect of coaching.”

“I found the course extremely informative and considering that prior to it I had some doubts over my ability to speak in front of large audiences, it was encouraging that I felt far more confident and comfortable after the course.  I did have doubts as to how relative the course would be to my coaching development as I thought it would concentrate solely on the media side of the game.  However having completed the course I would strongly recommend it, and indeed see it more as a “communication course” which will undoubtedly be of great assistance to all aspects of my future work.”

Meanwhile current Hibs captain Liam added “Overall the course was excellent with the interaction with the other participants being a big part of this.  The atmosphere was relaxed and offered great opportunity to not only learn from those delivering the course but also the other players in attendance as they all had extensive and varying experiences within football.”

“I believe that the course offers tremendous information for both players and aspiring coaches and managers in a number of areas including the likes of promoting yourself, promoting your club and dealing with difficult questions or situations.  In my opinion the course would be of particular benefit to younger players who are often thrown into a media spotlight with little or no guidance.”

At present PFA Scotland plans to host another of these bespoke courses in the early part of the season.

As with all these courses they are number specific and therefore any player wishing further information on the course, planned dates and costs then please contact:

Jack Ross 07540 636766 jack@pfascotland.co.uk

Craig Flannigan 07900 954919 craig@pfascotland.co.uk

 

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PLAYER AVAILABILITY:MIDFIELDER SEEKING RETURN TO SCOTLAND

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As an increasing number of players seeking new challenges add their name and details to PFA Scotland’s Player Availability section, a Scottish midfielder who played in Ireland last season is keen to return to playing in Scotland.

Ryan McStay can count the likes of Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Ayr United amongst former clubs and contacted PFA Scotland to explain his recent experiences. “Last season I played with Portadown in Ireland, enjoying a successful season culminating in narrowly missing out on Europa League qualification.  I feel as if I am in the best shape of my career and therefore looking to continue my career back in Scotland.”

Ryan’s details along with several other players can be found within the Player Availability section which can be accessed via the link below:

www.pfascotland.co.uk/player-availability/

 

 

 

 

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NEW GUIDE TO TACKLE MATCH-FIXING IN FOOTBALL

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A Good Practice Guide designed to challenge the scourge of match-fixing in football will be presented at the closing conference of Don’t Fix It – an anti-match-fixing partnership between the international footballers’ association FIFPro, the European Football Association (UEFA) and Birkbeck, University of London, in Slovenia next week.

 

The publication, which is based on an eight-country study involving nearly 2,000 footballers, will recommend local solutions, addressing economic, social and cultural conditions, and player education.

 

The launch of the Good Practice Guide will be a highlight of the Don’t Fix It closing conference, which will be held on June 3 and 4 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

Dr Andrew Harvey, of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, will present and discuss the results of the research into match-fixing, which laid the foundations for the Good Practice Guide. He said: “This survey was the first large-scale attempt to ascertain the views of current players in regards to match-fixing. The objective was to better understand the issues that lead to match-fixing, in order to use this knowledge to define the prevention and education programme.”

 

The Good Practice Guidedesigned to help professional football players’ associations play their part in efforts to protect their members and to protect football from match-fixing and other threats to integrity – is one of the many results of the Don’t Fix It project, which has proved a fruitful collaboration. In several participating countries, strong networks have been set up, consisting of representatives of the players, referees, officials/administrators and public authority.

 

Tony Higgins, chair of the Don’t Fix It project and FIFPro Division Europe Vice-President, said: “The consultation with our members has proved immensely valuable and will inform our FIFPro members about the extent of the problem and how the football family should respond.”

 

More than fifty representatives of players’ association, football associations, referees and public authority from eight participating countries will attend the Don’t Fix It closing conference as well as representatives of the most important stakeholders in European professional football. Among the issues on the agenda are presentations of renowned international match-fixing experts, such as representatives of Europol, Interpol, Sporting Chance Clinic and Transparency International.  

 

The main lessons from the Don’t Fix It research:

  • All countries are susceptible to match-fixing or other threats to integrity such as betting against the rules or sharing inside information.
  • Threats to integrity take different forms in each country. Although there will be some similarities and overlaps, the profile of threats to integrity is best understood at a national level.
  • Solutions to match-fixing are best developed at a local level. This allows players, referees and club officials to respond to local needs and conditions. ‘One size fits all’ solutions are not the answer.
  • Co-operation and investment is essential at national and international levels on the part of law enforcement agencies, Governments and football authorities.
  • Match-fixing involves complex sets of behaviours on the part of different actors with many motivations and incentives. Solutions need to be equally sophisticated in tackling these behaviours.
  • Match-fixing will be best prevented using a holistic approach that addresses the economic, social and cultural conditions that give rise to match-fixing, and the establishment of clear rules on betting and match-fixing, but which also appeals to personal ethics and players’ future.
  • Player education needs to be tailored specifically to the threats that pertain in the country concerned and delivered by people that players know and trust. Good role models who can offer a positive vision for players’ future is important in education programmes.
  • Reporting mechanisms are important but should not be overstated as a solution. Multiple avenues and means of reporting suspicions and approaches are likely to be most effective.

 

 

The complete results of Dr. Harvey’s research can be found on www.fifpro.org and www.bbk.ac.uk .

 

Notes to editors

 

  • In autumn 2012, FIFPro decided to take the initiative and involve itself in the battle against match-fixing.
  • FIFPro found three committed and powerful partners for the initiative: Birkbeck, University of London; UEFA; and the European Commission. The project was funded by FIFPro and UEFA, and it received a grant from the European Union.
  • Don’t Fix It was officially launched on 1 January 2013 as an anti-match-fixing partnership between the international footballers’ association FIFPro, the European Football Association (UEFA)  and Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Nine professional footballers’ associations from eight countries participated in the project: AIC Italy, AFAN Romania, HLSZ Hungary, JPY Finland, NISO Norway, PFA England, PFA Scotland, PSAP Greece, and SPINS Slovenia.
  • Birkbeck, University of London, is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.
  • In 2013, Birkbeck was ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Birkbeck’s students consistently rank Birkbeck number one in London for the quality of its teaching.

 

 

For more information

Contact FIFProRaymond Beaard

Tel: +31 23 5546970

Mob: +31 623769852

r.beaard@fifpro.org

 

Contact Birkbeck, University of LondonGuy Collender

Tel: +44 20 7380 3108

Mob:

g.collender@bbk.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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COACHING OPPORTUNITY

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PFA Scotland would like to make players aware of the following job vacancy with contact details for further information also listed.

http://www.afc.co.uk/page/careers/0,,10284~3825950,00.html

 

If you are interested please direct all enquiries to Steven Sweeney at steven.sweeney@afc.co.uk.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 30th May at 5pm. Interviews will be held on the 1st of July.

 

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