News at a glance (11)

27 September 2012  –  From time to time, we also inform users about changes taking place within the AEFCA member associations in terms of elections and the resulting appointments and assignments.

In Warsaw in August earlier this year, the Polish coaches’ body held elections that saw the previous caretaker president, Henryk Kasperczak, being elected new president.

His colleagues in the executive committee are Dariusz Sledziewski and Dariusz Jablonski as Vice-Presidents, Edward Klejndinst (Secretary), and Mieczyslaw Broniszewski (Treasurer), with Stefan Majewski, Jan Urban, and Wladyslaw Stachurski completing the line-up. Congratulations and please accept our best wishes for success and good luck!

Our French friends at the Amicale des Educateures de Football (A.E.F.) inform us that Jacques Berthommier has taken over from Mustapha Oumechouk as General Secretary. In addition, long-time A.E.F.-President Jean-Marie Lawniczak (Photo: A.E.F.) was 70 on 24 August. A belated but nonetheless heartfelt “Happy Birthday” from the AEFCA and all its members!

At the International Coaches’ Congress (ITK) hosted by the German Bund Deutscher Fussball-Lehrer (BDFL), the members elected Lutz Hangartner (69) their new President on 31 July 2012 for the 2012-15 term. Previously the body’s 1st Vice-President, Hangartner succeeds Horst Zingraf who had chaired the 4,500-plus members organisation for many years, and who will continue as 1st Vice-President of the AEFCA (cf. “News” of 13 August 2012).

Born on 24 September 1943, Hangartner took his PE teacher’s degree at the German Sport University Cologne in 1969 and obtained the UEFA Pro Licence only one year later. Until summer 2011, he was a full-time lecturer at the Institute for Sport and Sport Sciences at Freiburg University.

At the same time, his actual coaching pedigree features a great number of assignments, including that of senior coach of the Südbaden sub-regional FA, head coach (1981/82) and assistant coach (1990/91) at SC Freiburg, as well as head coach positions at various top-level amateur clubs. With considerable success, Lutz Hangartner has also managed the German Students’ National Team since 1982, taking the team to two third places at the World Cups in 1982 (Mexico) and 1993 (USA).

Hangartner is joined in the BDFL executive board by newly (and unanimously) elected  members Manfred Schaub (1st Vice-President) and Robin Dutt (who replaced Matthias Sammer as Director of Sports at the DFB after the latter’s move to FC Bayern Munich). Felix Magath (Vice-President Bundesliga Coaches), AEFCA auditor Jürgen Pforr (Treasurer), and DFB chief coach instructor Pro Licence, Frank Wormuth, were all re-elected.

The AEFCA and all affiliated members wish Lutz Hangartner and his colleagues the best of luck and success in their new (or established, as the case may be) positions.

News of changes, not necessarily in terms of personnel but of scene, has reached us from our two English members. Both the FACA, the coaches’ body representing TheFA, and the LMA (League Manager Association) have moved their headquarters away from Wembley/London and Warwick, respectively, taking up residency on 20 August 2012 at the brand-new St. George’s Park National Football Centre near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

Watch this space in the coming weeks for an in-depth presentation of the superb facility, which might just be what we’re looking for when selecting sites to host an AEFCA Symposium in the near or mid-term future.

For the new address and contact details of our English members, visit the “Member Organisations” section on the AEFCA website and click on the map of England.

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