Football

Everton announces new leadership team

Everton’s new chief executive officer, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, has unveiled a new-look leadership team, in a move to help the Premier League club reach its long-term ambitions, on and off the field.

The new leadership team will be comprised of nine executive director-level positions, which will be responsible for the day-to-day operations across the club.

BT Sport teams up with Google to offer digital training

BT Sport has announced plans to offer its licensees the opportunity to grow their business by offering free personalised digital training in partnership with Google Digital Garage.

The partnership follows the results of a consumer survey, which revealed that 55% of fans plan ahead when going out to watch live sport and 45% of live sport watchers ‘follow’ a pub or bar’s social media page. Meanwhile, 58% of BT Sport pubs have indicated they would use social media more to promote sports events if they knew how to make the most of it.

Red Bulls II players trial eye tracking tech

New York Red Bulls II players, with the help of technology company Tobii Pro, have been using insight from the latest eye tracking technology to look at the rapid evaluation process through which players read their opponents, gauge distance, determine the position of the ball, and take aim at goal.

New York Red Bulls II, the New York Red Bulls reserve team, play in the United Soccer League, the second tier in the American soccer pyramid.

Mourinho surprises school with World Cup Q&A

Jose Mourinho surprised a group of schoolchildren with a special lesson before departing for the World Cup. Mourinho was a secondary school PE teacher for five years before embarking on his football management career.

He arrived at Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary School in a Jaguar XF Sportbrake full of brand new football equipment, which he donated to the children as part of an afternoon in class, before they interrogated him about his World Cup predictions, Paul Pogba’s dabbing and why Jesse Lingard is the naughtiest kid in the class. 

LGBT+ charities net Paddy Power donation

Russian World Cup goals will directly fund initiatives to make football more inclusive to the LGBT+ community, with bookmaker Paddy Power set to donate £10,000 for every goal scored by the FIFA World Cup host nation.

The donations will go to a number of causes dedicated to making football more LGBT+ inclusive, with Paddy Power committing to a guaranteed minimum donation of £50,000, as part of the campaign developed by Synergy. 

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