There is little more annoying than having a wasted trip somewhere. It happened today unfortunately. Given that there was a double presenter seminar at lunchtime, including one potentially very useful lecture on starting the process of writing the PhD, I decided to go into Uni, despite the fact that this would only be a 50 minute period. Annoyingly, not only did the other presenter go first (on an interesting topic, though unrelated to my particular studies), but they decided to use the whole session for his talk and then questions for him. Not many of the ‘student’ attendees had questions, and I was wondering if they were all their for the PhD talk as I was. Then, it was decided to rearrange the PhD talk for another occasion. Very annoying to have an hour wasted.
At least I got a lot of reading done. After breakfasting by reading through the MRHA referencing style and saving some links about President Santos and football into my Evernote folders, I continued reading, highlighting and annotating the Plan Decenal policy document created by the Ministerio del Interior in consultation with other relevant parties in the football world.
A brief summary:
- need to improve stadium facilities, including technology, sanitation and food
- improve and delineate responsibilities for all those involved and responsible for safety / comfort and coexistence in football matches
- empower those who have responsibilities, ensure rules and framework is clear and ensure their work is properly publicised
- to create spaces of dialogue for all those involved in football matches, both professionally and at an amateur level
- improve integration of barras sociales within the football world, ensuring that they can complain, participate and improve their social image
- enhance barrismo social, using barra structures to perform projects of social transformation
- ensure that new sporting facilities and playing areas are constructed in areas most needing them, ie vulnerable and poor areas, Afrocolombian and indigenous areas
- improve the sustainability of clubs and foment social projects in the society
- involve private and public sector in social projects around football
- clubs should inculcate values of cooperation, peace and coexistence and provide skills to their young trainees to work in other fields should football not work
- involve the media and try and get them to report more positively on social projects and social benefits of football
- create Centro de Investigación y Documentación del Fútbol to explore and research transformative power of football (this is incredibly interesting for me, particularly as a potential source for funding, research possibilities, outreach areas for my project and future projects – Must look into this in more detail and contact relevant parties)
- reinforce constitutional rights to play, enjoy sport
- integrate and empower, involve people in social and political process through training
- made reference to UN, FIFA and Streetfootballworld projects using sport as a means towards peace, working in situations of postconflict, improving health, personal skills and education, as well as the inclusion of sport in the Colombian constitution as a method towards achieving peace
In addition to this, the methodology and timeline of the elaboration of the Plan Decenal was detailed, and the results summarised. These can be found in more detail in the Poder del Fútbol document.
Of interest to me was the fact that certain groups were clearly outside the investigation process, or less so groups, but those in certain geographical areas. Given that one of the focuses of the Plan Decenal is on improving the Professional game, it meant that surveys were only carried out where the 36 professional teams in Colombia are. Hence a lot of Colombian departments remain unrepresented in the findings, and also in issues that might hinder the implementation of the Plan Decenal, specifically with the objectives in using football as recreational tool towards social development. FARC controlled areas are principally unrepresented, as are those in the Amazonian and frontier areas.
In the evening I looked briefly into funding opportunities from the Petrie Watson exhibitions and at SIID, and then read the relevant chapter on small group teaching ready for tomorrow’s all day session on preparing for teaching at university.