LeFA partners with UEFA to upskill administrators
The Lesotho Football Association with the assistance of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are hosting a four-day capacity building workshop for premier league clubs.
The Assist League Development Programme, which was launched in 2017 is aimed at sharing expertise and knowledge with UEFA’s five sister confederations and their member associations to support the development of football.
Launching the programme on Monday, Lesotho Football Association Secretary General, Mokhosi Mohapi, expressed his delight at being among the first 11 African countries to get the UEFA Assist Programme.
“Those who have been in football as long as I have been will remember a similar program called the Meridian Project. It was where they want already established European countries to partner with African MAs and the first program, we were partnered with England together with Botswana and Malawi,” the LeFA Secretary General said.
“We also looking to take advantage because there are some countries on the continent that do not embrace this arrangement, so we are looking forward to taking on another country so that we extend our benefits.
“We are starting an era of renewing, an era of hope, an era of recovering from the lost time we’ve had over decades, how best to start it ahead of government as we have always done as LeFA.”
Head of the UEFA Assist Programme, Eva Pasquier, said the workshop is meant to capacitate senior officials of the top-flight clubs.
“It is so important that the clubs function properly and efficiently, meaning development of the players and competitions of good quality and also in the administration, marketing and management,” said Pasquier.
The UEFA Assist programme is based on four pillars.
Capacity building – a series of education and knowledge-sharing programmes for UEFA’s sister confederations and their member associations.
Development of youth football – opportunities for talented young players to gain experience, learn about different cultures and develop both on and off the pitch.
Infrastructure – small-scale infrastructure projects that provide immediate benefits to the member associations of UEFA’s sister confederations, and
UEFA member association support – helping and encouraging UEFA member associations to collaborate on football development projects with member associations of UEFA’s sister confederations.