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David Sheepshanks and Carles Folguera join GSFB 2012 line-up

17 February 2012

Global Sports Forum Barcelona (GSFB) has today announced that two of the most influential figures in youth football, David Sheepshanks and Carles Folguera, have been added to the event’s speaker line-up, 7-9 March, 2012.

Sheepshanks, Chairman of the English FA’s NFC at St George’s Park, will join the man widely considered to run the best youth football academy in the world, FC Barcelona’s La Masia, on the stage for a session on “Meet the Champions of Tomorrow”.  It will focus on how both men plan to lead successful football academies and look at how the FA can learn from La Masia’s “The value of having values” philosophy.

Both men join an esteemed line-up of speakers already confirmed for the GSFB, including, LOCOG Chairman, Sebastien Coe, Eric Cantona; X Games’, Amy Lupo; Sochi 2014 President, Dmitry Chernyshenko; Poland 2012 Chairman, Marcin Herra; and Olympic and Paralympic hopeful, Oscar Pistorius.

The St George’s Park National Football Centre is set to become the home of English football development.  The aim is for the centre to provide a world-class training and education facility for England teams at every age group.

Commenting on his role at the Forum, David Sheepshanks, Chairman of St George’s Park, said:

“As important as 2011 was, 2012 will be even more significant as we finally open the doors to St George’s Park.  This project is about every element of football –   education, personal development, human performance, technology, sport science, medicine and also training the next generation of coaches. I look forward to sharing the stage with Carles Folguera and hearing of his plans to keep developing La Masia’s already successful academy.”

Lucien Boyer, President and CEO, Havas Sport & Entertainment and General Commissioner of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona, said:

“With FC Barcelona continuing to dominate domestic and international football competitions, the GSFB represents a great opportunity to hear from the man behind La Masia’s development and understand the important role a proper education plays in developing the champions of tomorrow.”

“St George’s Park is an important step in the future of English football, so we are delighted that David Sheepshanks will be with us to share his vision for the centre.  Having two of the leading figures from youth football on stage will give delegates an exclusive insight into the future of the game and provide the perfect setting to bring the Forum to a close.”

“I invite the football community to register for the GSFB today, so they don’t miss this exclusive chance.”

The Global Sports Forum Barcelona 2012 will take place at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona from 7 – 9 March.  To register, simply go to: www.globalsportsforum.org/prices-registration_en_us and follow the on-screen registration instructions.

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