Bloem native joins UEFA programme

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Natalie Barlow

Bloemfontein’s Natalie Barlow has received the opportunity to get world renowned football development training from Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Barlow holds a position as the Head of Marketing at the Cape Town City Football Club but will be enrolled for UEFA Certificate in Football Management (CFM) programme for the next nine months.

Most of the programme involves online training but also requires a number of trips to Switzerland and London for face-to-face seminars between August 2019 and May 2020.

“Cape Town City FC and I have explored many different means to fund the trip together, which includes costs for the Programme, Accommodation, Flights, Visa applications, amongst others. This is no small-change,” said Barlow.

However, she still needs support towards financial contributions in order to help her fund the large costs involved in this programme.

Barlow is the first South African as well as first African female to be accepted into the programme. There will be 28 participants from over 20 nationalities for the programme leading to the exchange of knowledge and best practices which can be brought back and used in the South African football landscape.

“They will cover all the key areas of Football Management and will engage in a practical activity based on sport and commercial operations of a UEFA Champions League match,” said Barlow.

While South Africa has increasingly placed focus on developing women, opportunities are often limited for females who work in a male dominated industry.

This programme will put Natalie Barlow in a position to pass on her knowledge to future sport administrators, some of whom have already started working under her guidance at Cape Town City FC.

To contribute to Barlow’s training you can contact her on O84 082 9505

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za