Is there a virus in football academies?

So why do we need to rebuild belief in England’s football academies? Listen to this: “There is a virus of premature professionalisation of children’s football.” Those are the words of someone working at a football club academy. Five years after the launch of the Elite Player Performance Programme (EPPP), it is estimated that only 25 per cent of the people working in academies are coaches. Many of the remainder are…

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Why we’re hosting Rebuilding the Belief 2

Looking back on 2018, there are many personal reasons for Teresa, our 16-year-old son Nicholas and I to be happy – and we’re proud of the work of our company CGM too. But one of the best things that has happened this year has been hosting our first Rebuilding the Belief conference in April at our Media Centre in Worcester. Rebuilding the Belief is the title of my sequel to…

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Future of football academies under spotlight in Worcester

How to put the best interests of children first in football is the theme of an all-day conference being staged at CGM Media Centre in Worcester next month. Rebuilding the Belief 2 will be held on Friday, December 7, and will feature four speakers with vast knowledge of the game and discussions about the English football academy system. The line-up of speakers includes: Fulham FC academy operations manager Lee Hagger;…

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Voices of Remembrance ring out for Armistice centenary

Fifty schoolchildren from Worcestershire raised the roof at a sell-out charity fundraising concert at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, November 10 to commemorate the centenary of the World War One Armistice. Voices of Remembrance was the culmination of a special partnership project between Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Cathedral and the Rivers C of E Academy Trust schools and was sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors.  In the first half of the concert Hymn…

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Soul Business talk and networking event – December 5

CGM’s innovative Soul Business talk will provide inspiration and motivation to change your thinking about marketing and communications. A 10-step guide based advocating character marketing to build and develop a winning business, Soul Business will encourage you to place trust and ethics at the heart of your communications in order to truly connect with your audience(s) and win buy-in rather than fruitless selling and same-old marketing. Our next Soul Business…

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CGM Business Media Club – November 30

Inspiring Worcestershire businesses to develop and grow, the CGM Business Media Club meets on the last Friday of each month at the CGM Media Centre, Blackpole East, Worcester. The club, which celebrated its fifth birthday in September 2018, is a structured programme of learning and development offering: – Media, communications and marketing training – Professional development – Quality networking in a sharing setting The theme of our meeting on Friday,…

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Villagers unite to stage moving memorial to WWI fallen

A specially commissioned play to commemorate the centenary of the World War One Armistice is to be performed by members of the community of Areley Kings, near Stourport, next week. The play, entitled Lest We Forget, has been written by villager Mary Arden-Davis and will be performed at St Bartholomew’s Church on November 8 and 9 at 7.30pm.   Based largely on records of the time, including parish magazines edited…

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BMC blog: Thought leadership – four potential benefits

Don’t look back in anger. Great song, eh? But it’s also a stark warning if ever there was one. Too many people look back in anger and envy because they missed out. Correction, because they often fail to create opportunities others had the ingenuity to seize. And so it is with thought leadership. Thought leadership is all about influencing and inspiring – and sometimes shaking up the status quo. But…

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Business Media Club reaches five year milestone

The Mayor of Worcester Jabba Riaz was among those joining the celebrations at the Business Media Club’s fifth anniversary meeting. Current and past members shared experiences with visitors of how the club had shaped their approach to marketing and Worcestershire’s poet laureate emeritus and club member Maggie Doyle recited a specially written poem.    The club’s continued success is due to blending listening with learning and our ‘all egos are left…

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