Leading football academy expert among conference speakers

Manchester United academy programme adviser Tony Whelan is the keynote speaker an at all-day conference exploring how to put children’s interests first in football being staged in Worcester this month.

Rebuilding the Belief 3 will be held at the CGM Media Centre in Blackpole on Friday, March 15 from 10am to 4pm.

Also speaking at the event will be Gareth Farrelly, a lawyer and former Republic of Ireland international who played for Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers and Everton; Simon Bywater, director for parental disclosure and relationship development at PlayersNet, an independent voluntary organisation offering young players, parents and coaches support and guidance and Martin Brock, chairman of Nerf Junior Premier League.

Event host Chris Green said: “Rebuilding the Belief is the title of the sequel to my 2009 book Every Boy’s Dream, which lifted the lid on the reality of life in England’s football academies and this is our third conference before publication later this year.

“Our first two conferences in 2018 attracted speakers from across the UK and Europe so we’re delighted to have such an impressive line-up at this month’s event.

“I’m particularly pleased to welcome Tony Whelan, who has been a key figure in shaping Manchester United’s academy and the welfare of children in football.

“Delegates will hear his personal perspective on how and why clubs should ensure that children and teenagers get the chance to grow as people and enjoy a proper childhood.”

Tickets for Rebuilding the Belief 3 cost £50, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information and to book, call 01905 754336 or email info@chrisgreenmedia.co.uk

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