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Center for Sport Excellence to strengthen IPSO partnership

Colin Chambers addressing the audience at the workshop.

Center for Sport Excellence (CSE) and International Professional Scouting Organisation (IPSO) will continue to strengthen their partnership following a successful Talent Identification and Analysis in Football course held over the last weekend.

This course was the first initiative since both CSE and IPSO forged a collaboration together with the aim of creating unique experiences in Maltese sports.

Further courses and workshops are in the pipeline to continue with the mission of combining education with sports while providing local professionals more opportunities to enhance their knowledge.

“This course was the fruition of Center of Sport Excellence’s recent partnership with the International Professional Scouting Organisation,” Martin Borg, CEO of CSE, told the Times of Malta.

“We are pleased with the feedback we got from the participants, both during and after the event.

“In fact, a lot of the participants have expressed their interest in taking part in other workshops of this kind which means that this course has really left an impact on them.”

During the two-day workshop held at the Cavalieri Art Hotel, there were several participants coming from different areas in football including players, coaches and administrators.

Colin Chambers, the key speaker at the workshop, was delighted to have had the chance to show what IPSO is all about in Malta.

“It was important for IPSO to come over to Malta because this means that we are trying to help another country in their football development,” Chambers underlined.

“CSE has made it easier for IPSO to visit a new country and create new networks which will help us expand as well.”

Chambers, who has been a Premier League and International Scout for the past 22 years, explained how IPSO has already embarked in other continents such as Asia, where they have a strong connection in China and India.

“You never know who you will meet in these courses and that is the beauty of it,” Chambers said.

“Our target audience is obviously anyone from the backroom staff, from coaches to scouts and from analysts to administrators.

“These courses are very formative and I am pleased that during this workshop in Malta we had people from professional clubs like Hibernians and former international players as well.”

Chambers pointed out that modern football requires coaches to be scouts and analysts at the same. However, they need to do it in the right way and that is where IPSO comes into place, to provide the coaches with the necessary tools to make sure they pay attention to detail.

IPSO are determined to rubberstamp their methodology in Malta and thanks to CSE, they will now have also an office in Malta with a number of courses planned on our islands.

Moreover, CSE and IPSO are looking to extend their services to several entities in football such as the National Sports School, Malta Football Players Association and Maltese football clubs.

Meanwhile, Borg has also explained that in the coming weeks, CSE will launch a number of courses related to esports while they remain active in funding opportunities in the field of sports thanks to their agreement with the Maltese Olympic Committee.

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