Natalie Barlow, Cape Town City’s Marketing Brand Manager is a rare breed.
She is the first South African and the first woman in Africa to obtain the Uefa Certificate in Football Management.
The UEFA course stretched for over 12 months, two international visits and concluded with an eventual online graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Barlow’s journey started in August 2019 with an induction into the UEFA Academy, which was soon followed by the first official seminar at the UEFA Headquarters in Switzerland.
The next seminar was conducted in England at the Wembley Stadium, which was followed by a series of lectures and seminars at the London Stadium.
“This has been a challenging journey to get to my UEFA CFM Graduation. We’ve been through some intense seminars, assignments and then Covid turned everything on its head, but we certainly adapted in order to conquer it,” said Barlow.
The CT City Marking Brand Manager says the UEFA CFM programme has provided her with the necessary skills, tools and techniques to take her “off-field skills” to the next level.
“I have to thank my family, friends, CTC FC colleagues and the UEFA CFM First Open Edition Group for all the support. The class of 2020 is a very diverse group which includes 22 different nationalities, with our positions covering a broad spectrum within the various aspects of the football industry.
“A special thanks has to go to Cape Town City FC Chairman, John Comitis, for his leadership in pushing all of us at the club to improve ourselves and do our part to uplift the CTC FC brand as well as South African football. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with everyone at our club and the rest of the South African football fraternity,” added Barlow.
Barlow graduated over the weekend, joining the UEFA Academy Alumni family – a platform where some of the top football minds from across the world share ideas and knowledge with the common goal of improving football as a whole.
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By FARPost Reporter