FIFA to run workshop for World Cup
Attending the workshop will be representatives from the 15 participating teams of the U-20 Women’s World Cup including PNG. The workshop will involve meetings with the media, team services, marketing and venue managers including visits to the match venues, training sites and hotels. Meetings with the media will involve discussions around how operations will work on the match days while the meeting with the marketing team will involve speaking with potential national supporters and the requirements with regard to branding and marketing. The workshop is also for the team representatives to see the facilities they will be playing in as well as being informed of what they are to expect when they come with their teams in November. The workshop will run on August 31 from 10:00am -11:30am at the Stanley Hotel.Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said the workshop is the time for team representatives to learn about the country they will play in.He said with less than 80 days to go, the preparation is ramping up to ensure that everything is set for the World Cup.“We’ve recruited team liaison officers to assist the teams during their stay because most of the teams coming do not speak English as their first language. They will also be attending the workshop and will get to meet with the teams that they will be attached with,” said Marten. Marten said preparation has picked up momentum with the various functional areas within the LOC. The security team are ironing out their plan for the stadiums, hotels and teams, the transportation team are working on ensuring the teams get to their match and training venues on time, the medical team are finalising their medical plans while logistics is ensuring that the infrastructural materials are delivered to the venues in time for preparation,” said Marten.He said while preparation is progressing well there is room for all stakeholders, from the government and private sector to come on board to support this historic event. “PNG is already making history by hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and this tournament will definitely put PNG on the world map as well as inspire women and girls in Papua New Guinea to excel in their chosen field,” said Marten.