Fourth edition of the Network Prize: Ten projects will compete!
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CIES has received ten projects for the fourth edition of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize (two more than in 2012). An international jury will select the winning project on 20 January 2014.

Created in 2011 on the initiative of the Universidad Católica Argentina, the FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize aims to reward innovative and original work in the understanding of phenomena related to sports on a continental, national, regional and local level. The award consists of a trip to Switzerland to visit the headquarters of FIFA and CIES, and for the winning students to present their work to the FIFA Master class.

The ten projects selected by the CIES partner universities are:

Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine
Ghadeer Ladaa, Claudie Salameh, Nader Al-Qass

“Victory” Energy Health Drink
Creating a company that makes energy health drinks for sport, to replace caffeine-based drinks.

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Luis Carlos Enck, Reinaldo Vidal

“Governance Framework for the Gambling Industry”
Defining a governance framework for the gambling industry based on best practice in the fields of law, finance and communication.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Yoliswa Lumka, David Kappel

“Women's Football. Competition and Player Development”
Comparing the situation of women’s football in South Africa and in Germany, making recommendations to develop women’s football in South Africa.

Cairo University, Egypt
Moustafa Essam, Amr Aly, George Hakim, Nadim Magdy

“A New Vision for Egypt's 2nd Division”
Analysing the current situation of the 2nd Division in Egypt and making suggestions to make it more dynamic.

Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires
Leornardo Alberto, Carlos Terán

“Physical and Sports Observatory for Senior Citizens”
Creating programmes for monitoring, evaluation and research related to physical and sports activities among senior citizens.

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Mamadou Kone, Pierre Michel Faye, Alhassana Barry, Lera Geraud Akpo, Gerald David Ndiogoye

“Project for an Advisory Centre in Sports Nutrition”
Creating an advisory centre in sports nutrition open to Senegalese sports federations and enhancing awareness of healthy sport practice.

Universidad de Costa Rica, San José
Carolina García Solano, Pedro Sibaja Castro

“Process and Project for a Pilot Plan to detect and group Sports Talents in a Secondary Institution specialised in Development of Top-level Sport”

Stimulating the practice of sport among young Costa-Ricans, contributing to improvement of the level of young athletes, creating a centre making it possible to link academic opportunities and sports practice.

Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela
Ludmila Esqueda de Gali, Benjamin Gonzalez Fuentes, Fabiola Salas Castillo

“Defining a Programme for Mass Involvement in Football for Young People and Teenagers in the Municipality of Sucre inspired by the National Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela”

Creating the Venezuela Sports Foundation to develop football for young people in the municipality of Sucre drawing inspiration from the model of the National Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela” and creating a strategic alliance with this entity.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Luis Alfronso Rox Guallar, Ana Fernández García, Ana Rossell Granados, Ana Costa Salva

“Creation of the Women’s Team at Real Madrid CF”
Developing the women’s team at Real Madrid CF in the medium and long term, defining the structural, sports, financial and strategic objectives of the project.

Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile
David Contreras Urrea, César Díaz Ulloa, Christian Godoy Arcos, Manuel Norambuena Guerrero

“Management of Self-sufficient “Amateur” Clubs
Creating a consultancy business for third-division clubs in order to optimise administration, financing and marketing processes (improvement of sports results and obtaining positive financial accounts irrespective of the sports results).

As a reminder, the 2013 International University Network Prize was awarded to a project on the debt of Spanish professional clubs (causes and possible solutions) presented by four students from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.