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The Transnational Steering Group Education is very optimistic after its second reunion, on Wednesday 9 June in Copenhagen, Denmark. All six members of this think tank had a first look at the results of a survey among players.


The Transnational Steering Group Education is working on the establishment of the FIFPro Online Academy.  At a meeting earlier this year, the steering group had requested the twelve participating players’ associations to investigate the educational needs amongst footballers in their respective countries.


Players were asked what level of education they have already completed, if they are interested in an education, what level of education they prefer, what subjects they would like to study, and how much time and money they want to spend to get an education. 


All twelve unions collected questionnaires from at least one hundred players in their country. ‘This is very positive’, reacted Frederique Winia, on behalf of the steering group. ‘With this kind of survey, it rarely happens that everyone reacts in time. That shows how interested and committed everybody is. This is a great impulse for the spirit of the steering group.’


All forms will be studied thoroughly before the next meeting of the steering group, on 13 and 14 July in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On that occasion this think tank will also discuss the questionnaires that were distributed among the twelve unions, with questions about for example their own experiences with education opportunities for players, and their expectations regarding the amount of interested players.