The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s resolve in assisting its Member Associations (MAs) and Regional Associations (RAs) realise their full potential was further underlined with the completion of the 4th AFC Internship programme on Tuesday.
The three-month long programme is one of the many initiatives launched by the AFC aimed at developing the future leaders of Asian football.
With development of the Confederation’s MAs and RAs forming one of the key pillars of the AFC’s Vision and Mission, the initiative proved to be an excellent platform for the interns to gain hands-on experience from some of the most renowned experts on the Continent.
The five interns underwent an intensive training period and were assigned to the Competitions and Football Events Division (CFED), Referees Department, and the Member Association Division where they got the chance to observe and learn day-to-day administrative and operational activities of the AFC, which in turn enabled them to expand their knowledge on the best practices in football governance.
The capacity building endeavour has been curated in a way to include a perfect balance of practical as well as structured theoretical learning. It aims to provide the participants with essential tools and opportunities that will be necessary for them to impart their knowledge with their respective organisations and play a pivotal role in the further enhancement of their administrative standards, ultimately contributing to the overall development of Asian football.
The interns for the fourth batch and their designated divisions are as follows:
Jamir Koorimannil Valiymannil – ACE Distinction Graduate (MA Division)
Saud Fahad Alayaf – Saudi Arabian Football Federation (CFED)
Anon Singtothong – The Football Association of Thailand (CFED)
Amjad Alkhalil Agha – Syrian Football Association (MA Division)
Akie Shoji – Japan Football Association (Referees Department)