The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) and the Costa Rican Football Federation (FCF) recently signed a partnership agreement alongside the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management which is organised in cooperation with Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR).
The two institutions have decided to provide a formal framework for their cooperation, which will mainly focus on the following aspects: Awarding scholarships to beneficiaries actively involved in football, organising joint conferences and seminars, exchanging experiences and experts, promoting CIES and UCR training activities.
For FCF President Rodolfo Villalobos, this partnership is of great importance: “The agreement we have signed with CIES will allow the Costa Rican Football Federation to pursue an essential objective, namely the professionalisation of football stakeholders. As an academic leader in the field of training for sports managers, CIES represents a strategic ally for us in our commitment to improve the management of our sport. The agreement will, therefore, benefit Costa Rican football.”
CIES General Secretary, Vincent Schatzmann, also welcomed the partnership: “Costa Rica was one of the first countries in which we organised the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management. Thanks to the excellent work done by Universidad de Costa Rica, we have gradually extended our activities successfully to all the Spanish-speaking countries in Central America. By signing this memorandum with the Costa Rican Football Federation, we are taking a new step. For us, the idea is to be even more responsive to football stakeholders and to develop joint projects such as the creation of scholarships, exchange of experts or the joint organisation of conferences.”
In the last eleven years, the UCR/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme has trained some 300 managers from Costa Rica and several other countries in the region.