Time off school – who benefits?

Time off school – who benefits? In a previous article for SPA “Whose Life is it Anyway?”, I questioned whether there was any such thing as ‘talent’, and what sacrifices have to be made to be ‘world class’ in anything.  Are the tens of thousands of hours of...

Unqualified Agents Risk Kids’ Futures.

Unqualified Football Agents (Intermediaries) Risk Kids’ Futures. SPA (FPA) Founder Mel Eves talks about the risks unqualified football agents pose to young footballers (and their families) in the Sunday Mercury.   This week I was made aware of the sanctions...

Help at Hand for Parents in ALL Sports

‘Help at Hand for Parents in ALL Sports’  . I have written on many occasions previously about the Football Parents Alliance (FPA) and its aims and objectives. The FPA was founded almost a year ago to give the parents of young footballers somewhere to go...

How Do Young Players Cope in Football Academies

How Do Young Players Cope in Football Academies. SPA (FPA) Founder Mel Eves talks about the pressures and expectations placed on young players in academies.   On Thursday evening the first public meeting of the Football Parents Alliance (FPA) took place. A diverse...