Future of football academies under spotlight in Worcester

Speaker Pete Lowe.

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; Pete Lowe, former head of education and performance management at Manchester City and director of PlayersNet, which offers young players, parents and coaches support and guidance; ex-Wolves star Mel Eves, who co-founded the Sports Parents Association, and National Children’s Football Alliance founder and chief executive Ernie Brennan.

Author, broadcaster and conference host Chris Green said: “Following the sell-out success of the first Rebuilding the Belief conference – taken from the title of the sequel to my award-nominated book Every Boy’s Dream England’s Football Future on the Line – I believe the time is right for another event.

Speaker Mel Eves.

“We’ll be focusing on the subject of welfare and exploring whether the game does enough for players and their families, not only when they join an academy but through preparation for life afterwards, whatever path they may take.

“Our speakers will discuss positive and proactive ways the game can put the best interests of children first from grassroots to professional club academies and beyond.”

Speaker Ernie Brennan.

Mel Eves added: “I am delighted to be speaking at this important event, which will bring together so many like-minded people who truly care about the experiences of children who play in football academies and their parents who also often have a difficult and challenging time.”

Rebuilding the Belief 2 runs from 10am to 4pm and tickets cost £50, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information and to book a place, call 01905 754336, email info@chrisgreenmedia.co.uk or book via Eventbrite.