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Soccerex has announced that English Premier League general secretary Nic Coward will be speaking on the ‘League Governance and Development’ session at the inaugural Soccerex African Forum later this month.

Soccerex has announced that English Premier League general secretary Nic Coward will be speaking on the ‘League Governance and Development’ session at the inaugural Soccerex African Forum later this month.

Coward is the latest big name to be confirmed as a speaker at the event, which will take place on October 23-24 in Durban, South Africa. Coward’s session will provide a detailed analysis of how the Premier League and others leagues, such as the Premier Soccer League in South Africa, address governance challenges. The session will also look at how African federations might adapt in order to develop their professional football leagues.

Coward’s first involvement with football was at the Football Association in England where he spent eight years in charge corporate and legal affairs, events and football administration. He was also a director at Wembley, and before joining the Premier League, he spent four years as the first chief executive of a new governing and regulatory body for horse racing.

“It is great to be involved in the Soccerex African Forum,” Coward said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to share experiences at such an exciting time for football across Africa. Every country is different, but the issues we face are largely the same. Hopefully, the Premier League story will have something in it to help all leagues and federations, and governments and commercial partners, as they continue to grow.” Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said: It is great to have the support from the Premier League. Nic’s expertise and experience will be key to the session and offer the attendees a great insight into league governance and development.”

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