The 1st Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Internship Programme drew to an end with the pioneer batch of interns sharing their final presentations today.
The capacity building programme, launched in July 2022, was curated with the ambition of assisting participants from the AFC’s Member Associations (MAs), Regional Associations (RAs) and/or graduates from the Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE) to strengthen the administrative standards in their respective organisations.
The first batch of the programme comprised four interns who represented the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), and the Federacao Futebol De Timor-Leste (FFTL).
During their stints, the interns, who were selected among 26 applicants, were attached to the Competitions and Football Events Division (CFED), the Member Association Division, and the Referees Department, where they spent the last three months learning the best practices from some of the most renowned experts on the Continent.
The interns took turns to share insightful presentations that mainly highlighted their key learnings of the past three months and discussed in detail the changes that they would like to see incorporated in their own MAs.
The learnings ranged from procedural changes such as shifting from season-based calendars to yearly calendars, to developmental changes involving the restructuring of policies and to better engage with external stakeholders.
Reflecting on the experience gained during the internship, AIFF’s Abhishek Yadav who interned with the CFED department said, “Learning is a continuous process and this opportunity to intern with the AFC has enabled me to brush up my skills and encouraged me to be a better professional with enhanced expertise.”
The AFC Internship Programme, which is poised to be a key component of the AFC’s capacity building efforts, will continue to mould future leaders of Asian football to impart and implement their learnings to their MAs to the best of their abilities.