About Rebuilding the Belief 3

There are lots of burning issues in football but none more important than youth development and relationships between children, parents and clubs. That’s why I’m delighted that we have four speakers at our Rebuilding the Belief football youth development conference at the CGM Media Centre, Worcester on March 15 with a unique take on this vital subject.     Rebuilding the Belief is the title of the sequel to my 2009 book…

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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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Why good times have never seemed so good for Worcestershire

Sports teams teach us lessons in life and business. A topsy-turvy season for Worcestershire CCC has ended in triumph. Chris Green offers five reasons why and how. 1 – Solid leadership Everyone needs this in all walks of life. Skipper and England all-rounder Moeen Ali led from the front with quiet, calm authority and his personal performances with bat and ball were shaped by skill, temperament and consistency. Not too…

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CGM blog: D’Oliveira won hearts and changed minds

In a delicious irony Basil D’Oliveira is being given the freedom of Worcester this week. Ironic because, aside from being an amazingly gifted sportsman, Dolly was best known for being denied freedom to play cricket in the country of his birth by seeking to represent his chosen adopted country, England. Ironic because in a week when English cricket has rightly feted former England captain Alistair Cook for bowing out with…

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CGM blog: The price of everything

Hey, it’s football transfer deadline day don’t you know. Not that Sky Sports will let you forget, mind. In fact, if you watch Sky Sports News today, you’d be hard pressed to believe there’s any other action worthy of mention in the wonderful world of sport. Forget GB swimmer Adam Peaty’s multiple record-breaking, gold-winning week in the European Championships in Glasgow. Or the happy smiling faces of dozens of British…

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CGM blog: Rebuilding the Belief Conference

So what is the conference about? Rebuilding the Belief is the title of the sequel to my book Every Boy’s Dream – England’s Football Future on the Line (A&C Black) – which caused a stir when it was published in 2009. Why? Because it lifted the lid on life inside England’s football academies. Every Boy’s Dream told heart-rending stories of boys and their families who gave their all but were…

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CGM blog: There was only one Cyrille Regis

What a send-off it was for my hero, friend and the legend that truly was Cyrille Regis. His memorial service at The Hawthorns began with a beautiful rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables by Chris Love. As his biographer, I was fortunate to gain a unique and personal insight into a man who was much more than mere footballer and someone of immense compassion and belief. God on…

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CGM blog: What’s YOUR story?

Last week I spoke at a fantastic conference attended by lovely people at the University of Salford. Understanding Abuse in Sport and Safeguarding Children was gripping and thought-provoking in equal measure. We heard first-hand accounts from two women who had been abused by their coaches – horrendously so in former Spanish Olympic gymnast Gloria Viseras’ case. Gloria was repeatedly raped as a child by her coach. By comparison, my own…

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