24 November 2020: The University of Canberra has finalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with elite Spanish football league LaLiga.
The MOU will allow the two organisations to host a series of joint public webinars and professional development opportunities.
The first of the webinars, entitled Beyond 2020: Professional Football Strategy – a discussion with LaLiga will be held on 26 November, and will consist of a panel discussion with representatives from LaLiga, Capital Football, and Villarreal CF.
It is being hosted by former FIFA Assistant Referee and University of Canberra Lecturer in Physiotherapy Allyson Flynn.
Audience members will be able to participate in a question and answer session following the discussion.
Associate Lecturer in Sport Management, Stirling Sharpe said the commitment reaffirms the University’s place as a leading sports education institution.
“UC has a proud history and inspiring vision for sport,” Mr Sharpe said.
“Finalising an agreement with LaLiga – the top professional football division of Spain – has seen enthusiasm and excitement from both sides.”
This is not the first time the University community has interacted with LaLiga. In May 2019 16 students from the University visited
LaLiga headquarters in Madrid and attended the Real Madrid versus Real Betis match as part of a Faculty of Health sports management study tour.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Professor Michelle Lincoln said that the MOU is a great opportunity to reconnect with LaLiga – this time in Canberra.
“The University of Canberra is a leader in Australian sport education and research. We are very excited to further our commitment to sport through collaborations with LaLiga in this webinar and future events,” Professor Lincoln said.
Director of LaLiga Business School Jose Moya said the organisation is pleased to be able to share the LaLiga experience in Australia.
“This agreement reaffirms the commitment of our organisation to professionalise the sports sector and, in line with our slogan ‘It’s not just football, it’s LaLiga’, position us at the forefront of the industry – not only in terms of sports, but also in educational standards,” said Mr Moya.
Registrations for Beyond 2020: Professional Football Strategy – a discussion with LaLiga are available here. The webinar will run for two hours from 6pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time.