The other night we drove by the Intermediate School and saw many Pee Wee football players practicing. Some of these young athletes are so small I doubt if they can see across the desks they sit at in school. When you look at these tiny mites, the debate begins over how young contact sports should start.Many experts, including former professional football players, believe contact football should not begin until an athlete is at least 12 years old. Their theory is that these young bodies are not equipped to take the hits that contact sports can give them. We all know that growth of these kids is not uniform, so putting an age on teams can result in physical mismatches. These experts believe weight should determine how a league is set up.The other side of the debate states that the earlier you start an athlete in a sport, the better you can teach the proper techniques. This is the theory on which Batesville’s Pee Wee League is based. Coaches have been removed in the passed who failed to follow this policy. I probably lean toward starting about age 10 when an athlete is at least in the 4th grade. Maybe I’m wrong and maybe I’m right. There is no cut and dried answer.
Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, says his club is “not afraid to play any team” as they get ready to begin their Europa League campaign.Ogu’s Israeli club would face former Romanian champions, Steaua Bucuresti; former Czech league winners, Victoria Plzen; and former Swiss cup winners, FC Lugano, in Group G of the European second tier competition. Hapoel Beer Sheva’s first game will be at home to Europa League debutantes, FC Lugano, on Thursday.The Israeli Champions got to the round of 32 stage of the Europa League in 2016, emerging from a group that had Inter Milan and Southampton. The experience from last year gives the Nigerian more confidence about his team’s chances this season, although, he admits, things will be difficult.“It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be tough,” the 29-year-old told Busybuddiesng.com, admitting in the process that “these are good sides.”“I’ve played against them when I was in Portugal,” the former U.D. Leiria and Academica midfielder said of Victoria Plzen, as he compared the teams in the group. “Steaua Bucuresti is a big club but in this Europa League, in a group like this, it’s always good for you to come out on top in your home games, and when you go away you try to get points.”The race for the Europa League title begins on Thursday with 48 teams, from 12 groups, in action. The final takes place on May 16, 2018, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ogu-europa-league.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: John Ogu Predicts Tough UCL Playoff Tie Against MariborAugust 5, 2017In “National Team”John Ogu Set To Sign For Asian ClubJanuary 5, 2020In “Asia”UCL Qualifying Stage: Nigerian Stars Ogu, Nwakaeme On Target For Israeli ClubJuly 20, 2017In “UEFA”
UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Scott Longley Scott Longley details why industry leaders Philip Bowcock (Group CEO of William Hill Plc) and Richard Flint (CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming) share an aligned vision and solidarity in raising industry social responsibility standards. In 2018, the betting industry has more to lose than just a punishing FOBTs judgement…______________William Hill has just endured one of those weeks. By the time chief executive Philip Bowcock stood in front of analysts last Friday to delve deeper into the annual results, the company had been hauled over the coals for past misdemeanours by the UK Gambling Commission and given a whipping by the press for its trouble.On Monday the Commission announced that William Hill was guilty of “systemic” failures in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes, to such a degree that the company has to pay a penalty package of at least £6.2m.The multiple failures occurred between 2014 and 2016 and included at least one instance of a customer using money from the proceeds of crime to fund their accounts. As the Gambling Commission said, the penalty figure levied “reflects the seriousness of the breaches.”The timing was not helpful to the gambling industry’s reputation with the wider public, a fact that was seemingly acknowledged in the company results statement. “A key pillar of our strategy moving forward will be to act in a sustainable way,” the company said. “In the months ahead we will be taking a number of steps as a matter of urgency to ensure we embed this approach in our business for the long term.”The sentiments echo those of Richard Flint, the chief executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, who took the opportunity of a speech at the recent ICE exhibition in London to extol exactly the same sustainability message.Bowcock says William Hill’s failings exposed by the Commission were “clearly not good enough” but he steers clear of believing that similar incidents won’t happen again. While William Hill has instigated new processes to improve what was clearly a system not fit for purpose, he suggests that the new regime won’t be 100 percent effective. “There is always the potential for the wrong thing to happen,” he says. “No process can be fool-proof.”On the wider message sustainability and social responsibility, though, he is very clear that he agrees with one of Flint’s key messages that the industry as a whole has not done itself any favours when it comes to social responsibility and problem gambling. He suggests the fractured – some would say dysfunctional – nature of the gambling industry in the UK is at the root of the problems.“We are only as good as the lowest common denominator,” he says. “I have to say the disjointed nature of the gambling industry is quite staggering. We are all in the same boat here.” He includes the National Lottery in this and noted that it had to date failed to pay a voluntary amount to problem gambling charity GambleAware.He adds that he talks to Flint at SBG “regularly.” “We are aligned with the fact that this is an area where no company should be going it alone.”That sense of cross-industry solidarity has somewhat broken down in recent times, of course. The biggest bone of contention remains the ongoing and seemingly forever looming decision in the UK government’s triennial review. Most industry and analyst expectations are that we are now in the final stages of the government finally coming to a decision over the maximum stake that will be allowed for B2 gaming machines.It has been a bruising process for all involved. Most notably, it has left the relationship between the high-street bookmakers and the politicians of all parties shattered and broken and for that Bowcock suggests that previous management at the big bookmakers should shoulder their share of the blame.“Four or five years back, the relationship between the gambling industry and the government has been pretty antagonistic,” he says. “There was a mutual distrust. It’s not as bad now, but it could be a lot better.”Improvements, if they are to be made, will have to wait until the triennial review is out of the way but Bowcock signals a warning for the online sector. “The online guys now see what is going on with FOBTs is going to be landing on their doorstep pretty quickly,” he says.The implication is that the anti-FOBT lobby isn’t going to stop campaigning even if it gets its preferred maximum £2 stake. More to the point for global businesses such as William Hill the regulatory issues it faces multiply with every new jurisdiction added to the business map. The company has hopes that the SCOTUS cards will fall in its favour in the US, but in Australia, a new credit betting ban and the prospect of the introduction of a PoC regime led to a £238m writedown of the Australian business in this year’s results. It is more proof, as if William Hill needed it, that regulation comes with its costs as much as its benefits.________________________Industry social responsibility standards and governance dynamics will be discussed and debated at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (#bofcon2018 – 20-23 March – London- Stamford Bridge). Click on the below banner for more information. Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020