UEFT Symposium in English

Dear friends and colleagues,

“The Land of the Thousand Lakes” as Finland is called, is pleased to extend a most cordial welcome to you to the 28th UEFT Symposium scheduled to take place in the Finnish capital Helsinki from 15 -19 September 2007. Together with our member organisation Suomen Jalkapallovalmentajat (SJV), the Finnish Football Association Suomen Palloliitto (SPL) and, once again, generously supported by UEFA and FIFA, we expect some 200 football coaches from more than 60 countries.
There will be two jubilees to be celebrated 2007 which turned the scale pro Helsinki when we had to decide on the location. First, the 30th birthday of our member organisation SJV and second, the 100th anniversary of the Finnish FA. All Symposium attendees are most cordially invited to their jubilee ceremony in the evening of 18 September. Special guests of honour will be Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, and the newly-elected UEFA President, Michel Platini.

This year’s motto will be “The Role of the Coach -Lessons from the Top”
A theme which is targeted especially to all ambitious coaches. We again offer you best-practice examples by top coaches which can be applied to the other levels of the game. UEFA’s Technical Director Andy Roxburgh, a top-level national coach for many years, will be the keynote speaker on this subject. A keen observer and analyst of the work done by top coaches from Europe and beyond, he is as up-to-date as can be on issues from coaching methods to team building to leadership, and will be pleased to share “the secrets of success”.
English-born Roy Hodgson, Head Coach of the Finnish National “A” Team will be interviewed by UEFT President Dr. Jozef Vengloš about his rich and broad field of experience as a club coach (Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers, Grashoppers Zurich, Viking Stavanger, to name but a few) as well as a coach of a national squad (in 1994 he led the Swiss Team to the FIFA World-Cup in the USA and two years later to the European Championship in England). Like Roy Hodgson, Jozef Vengloš has coached top club and national teams on almost every continent.
Lars Lagerbäck (tbc), Head Coach of the Swedish National “A” Team, and Tommy Wilson - U 20 National Coach of Scotland and a Glasgow Rangers coaching staff member - will complete this chapter demonstrating their profound experience and respective points of view.
Finally, Jorge Bernardo Griffa from Argentina will provide us with an insight into the Latin-American way of searching, selecting and developing young talent from grassroots to top level. A former national player for his native country and a professional for, amongst others, Atlético Madrid and Espanyol Barcelona, he can now look back on 35 years’ successful work with young players, many of whom went on to become celebrities in South-American or even world football.
The second major topic is entitled “The Nordic Way”: In a kind of “co-production”, the five Scandinavian countries Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden will present both their own talent promotion strategies and the great potential that lies in pooling efforts and resources, with a view to improving standards all round. Could this be the way forward for other national associations, as well?
Practical demonstrations are prepared by National Team Coaches and Heads of Coach Education of the five countries involved.
All presentations will be given in the Scandic Continental congress hotel, while the Finnair Stadium, completed only in 2000 and situated less than one kilometre off, will be the venue for the hands-on (or feet-on, rather) program.
And last but not least, our hosts will be keen to give us a taste of the cultural and historic treasures of “their” charming capital – yet another reason to join us in Helsinki. We look forward to meeting you on 15 September 2007!

Dr. Jozef Vengloš    Pekka Hämäläinen          Jukka Vakkila                 Karlheinz Raviol
UEFT-President       SPL-President                 SJV-President                 UEFT-Generalsecretary




• Arrival day: Saturday, 15 September 2007.
Participants may time their arrival when it best suits them.  A dinner in the evening is planned by the hosts.
• Participants flying into Helsinki-Vantaa airport (distance to city centre: approx. 18 km) are invited to use the shuttle service that will be set up for trips to and from the “Scandic Continental” hotel.
• Departure day: Wednesday, 19 September 2007.
Please see the information boards in the hotel lobby for exact airport shuttle departure times.
• Costs: Our Finnish hosts will assume the costs for all invited coaches for four nights, in double room accommodation, including all meals from dinner on Saturday evening to breakfast on Wednesday morning.
• Costs will be borne for two delegates from every UEFT member association, but only for one delegate from European non-member associations and all other countries outside of Europe (for double room accommodation).
Please note that there is a surcharge of € 200 (total for four nights) should a single room being requested.
• If any extra costs according to the registration, our host would like you to pay in advance to the SJV account stated in the registration.
• Member associations may nominate a limited number of additional participants, for whom the following costs will be charged: € 700 for four nights incl. meals (single room accommodation) and € 500 each person for four nights incl. meals in a double room. The same rates apply for participants’ partners, friends, companions etc.
• Travel costs, incidentals: Costs to be assumed by participants themselves include, but are not limited to, all travel-related costs, insurance cover of any kind, visa, telecommunications (telephone/fax/E-mail/Internet access), laundry, minibar, extra meals, beverages consumed at the hotel bar etc.
Hotel extras shall be invoiced by the “Scandic Continental” hotel and are payable prior to departure.
Past experience has shown that taking out a personal travel and sickness insurance to cover any medical expenses is not only highly recommended but unalterable.
• Participants arriving prior to 15 September and/or departing later than 19 September will be charged € 130 per night for a single room or € 80 per night and person for a double room.
• Simultaneous interpretation (in the German, English, Spanish and Finnish languages) will be provided for all indoor presentations, while for the practical demonstrations only an English translation is available.
• To register, please use the form which has been mailed to you and return it not later than 25 August 2007. For all queries concerning your travel and accommodation plans, please feel free to contact directly SJV.

We look forward to receiving your quick response and wish all participants a pleasant trip and an unforgettable XXVIII UEFT Symposium in Helsinki!


Contact Addresses:

Karlheinz Raviol                                      
General Secretary
Geigersbergstr. 13                                  
76227 Karlsruhe                                     
Tel.:  0049 - 721 - 791 83 86                    
Fax:  0049 - 721 - 941 46 05                    
E-mail: UEFT@durlach.net     

Jukka Vakkila
Jukolansuora 3 A 2
04340 Tuusula
Tel.:  00358 - 40 778 5240
Fax:  00358 - 9 7421 5200   (SPL)
E-mail: sjv@elisanet.fi


Mannerheimintie 46 , 00260 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 (0)9 47371, Fax: +358 (0)9 4737 2211
E-mail: continentalhelsinki@scandic-hotels.com