The African Football Confederation (CAF), the International Center for Sport Safety (ICSS) and the International Training Center for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) of UNITAR jointly announced the launch of the first training program and UN certified advanced sports safety and security education for professionals in Africa.
The launch took place in the presence of more than 300 safety and security professionals from African football federations, leagues and clubs, as well as high-level representatives from the United Nations and FIFA.
The training program, which was designed to develop and strengthen the knowledge, skills and capacities of African football safety and security professionals, was initiated under the partnership agreements between the ICSS, CAF and UNITAR respectively, with the aim of advancing the safety, security, integrity and socio-economic development of sport.
Participants who enroll in the program will take courses focused on best practice in sport safety and security structured as a series of key interconnected courses that participants can take as a whole or independently. Successful completion of all courses will provide participants with both a higher level of certification and internationally recognized academic credits.
The course, titled Fundamentals of Safety and Security in Sport, will be the first in a series of courses offered by the three partners this fall, which will be followed by courses on planning for safety and security in sport. sport, safety and security at major sporting events, threats and risk assessments, COVID-19: safety and security planning for the new standard, physical protective security measures, protective security measures techniques, operational protective security measures, incident response and crisis management, command and control of security and safety, crowd management, calculation of the site safe Capacity and safety and security in the context of the objectives of sustainable development (SDGs).
The program is internationally certified and accredited through the global CIFAL network on behalf of UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research, to meet an exceptionally high standard of training and learning and to ensure that participants will increase their knowledge and develop new skills.
In its initial phase, the training will mainly target safety and security professionals from national football federations, national and local football leagues, as well as football clubs from the African continent. People located on the African continent interested in transitioning to the sports safety and security industry can also participate in this training program.
Each course will be delivered in a virtual classroom training environment using a blended learning approach. This will include asynchronous and synchronous pedagogical approaches.
Commenting on the roll-out of the program, ICSS CEO Massimiliano Montanari said: “Safety and security practitioners are the gatekeepers of football competitions and through their work, which is often behind the scenes, players, spectators and the whole football community is protected. It is time to fully recognize and certify their role internationally and to give it the importance it deserves. “
“The African Football Confederation is pleased to present today to Africa a sustainable training program which will offer all interested the opportunity to learn more about the safety and security of sport. Our goal has always been to make our stadiums safe for all football stakeholder groups and to achieve this we need qualified staff responsible for the safety and security arrangements in our stadiums. Today we are witnessing one of the benefits of our collaboration with the ICSS and CIFAL of UNITAR, and we are happy to be a part of this story ”, explained Dr Christian Emeruwa, who heads the Department. CAF safety and security.
Julio Andrade, director of CIFAL Málaga-UNITAR, underlined the importance of this agreement, stressing that after home and school, sport is the third area of development for minors. “In this area, people develop physically, socially and psychologically. For this reason, the world of sport, especially football, has a great responsibility in terms of contributing to the promotion of the SDGs and leading the way in ensuring that sport is played safely. and sustainable environments, ”said Andrade.
“Sport, especially for our young people, has proven to be an important catalyst for promoting peace and the United Nations sustainable development goals through tolerance, respect and empowerment of communities in need. UNITAR and the global CIFAL network are proud to be partners in the timely launch of the “Sport, Safety and Security Training and Higher Education Program”, which aims to ensure responsible governance on the stage. football – and beyond. ” According to Alex Mejia, director, Division for People and Social Inclusion; Head, CIFAL Global Network