#APFFS 2014 Tweets


Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living hosted the 1st Asia-Pacific Football and Futsal Seminar last weekend.

The Twitter # for the event was #APFFS.

I was able to attend one presentation at the Seminar but did follow events through Twitter.

This post is a brief account of #APFFS and those who shared their experiences of the Seminar.

There was an early tweet from Victoria University about the Seminar late last year:

The Seminar started on 4 April and the volume of tweets increased throughout the seminar and included photos too. Both organisers, Fabio Serpiello and Matthew Varley tweeted and there was a generic FootballVU account too that updated news.

Tweets came from:

Tom Lovell‘s was one of the last tweets on Sunday afternoon:

I was interested to see how engaged many of the PhD students at the Seminar were and that a number of tweets came from relatively recent Twitter accounts. There were seasoned tweeters too.

My overriding interest is in how groups come together and share. I am delighted that the inaugural Seminar did have a #tag to connect participants synchronously and asynchronously.

Photo Credit

Frame grab (#APFFS)



Asia-Pacific Football and Futsal Seminar


Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living is hosting the 1st Asia-Pacific Football and Futsal Seminar this weekend.

The venue for the Seminar is the University’s Footscray Park campus.

Proceedings start this evening with a keynote address from David Tucker, The Future of the World Game in Asia: A Commercial Perspective.

The program on Saturday starts with a talk from Martin Buchheit on the Physical Assessment for Young Football Players: Implications for Training and Monitoring. During the day there are sessions on:

  • Youth talent and development (three papers)
  • Cultural and ethical implications in football (four papers)
  • Biomechanics (four papers)
  • Match analysis (three papers)
  • Player monitoring (three papers)

In the afternoon, Darren Burgess will be talking about Monitoring athletes in football: From the World Cup to the English Premier League.


Sunday’s program starts with a talk from Carlo Castagna on A physiological perspective of small-sided games and Futsal. There are three sessions on Sunday:

  • Training and testing (three papers)
  • Coaching (four papers)
  • Management (five papers)

The Seminar has been organised by Fabio Serpiello  and Matthew Varley.

Photo Credit

Footscray Panoramic (Jeff DeMaria, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Dogs Celebrate A Goal (Tony Malloy, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Nehad’s Presentation at the Asia-Pacific Football and Futsal Seminar

NMOne of the delights of being involved in University education is the opportunity to supervise PhD students.

I am very fortunate to have Nehad Makhadmeh as one of my supervisees.

Nehad is presenting some of her research at this weekend’s inaugural Football and Futsal multidisciplinary seminar at Victoria University. The seminar is hosted by the University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living.

The program can be found here.

There are four invited speakers at the seminar (David Tucker, Martin Buchheit, Carlo Castagna, and Darren Burgess).

Nehad is looking at talent identification and development in women’s football in Jordan.

She is attending the conference on a weekend that coincides with the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The United Nations recognises the potential of sport to contribute to:

education, health and physical fitness, as well as to the development of other important life skills, including confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, cooperation, social interaction, communication, tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution.

The United Nations proposes that “Ultimately, sport has the potential to help us reach our development goals, to promote understanding and to achieve sustainable peace”.

Nehad’s research is fascinating in its own right. It is ground-breaking research in Jordan and I am delighted that a female researcher with a passion for coaching and teaching is doing this research.

In the last year, Nehad’s research has added a further dimension. Her home town, and one of the two centres for her research in Jordan, is Al Ramtha. It is very close to the Syrian border. This is an Al Jazeera report about Al Ramtha and the impact of refugees on the social fabric of the city. One estimate puts the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan at 577,786. It is possible that there are 200,000 refugees in and around Al Ramtha.

One of the pictures in Nehad’s presentation is from a refugee camp in Jordan. It was taken by Caroline Gluck of Oxfam.


Nehad and I think this image puts her research work into context. It resonates very powerfully with the goals of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

I do hope Nehad enjoys presenting her work and sharing her story with those who will be at the seminar.

This is a draft copy of her presentation TID.

Photo Credits

Nehad Makhadmeh  (Keith Lyons, CC BY 3.0)

Getting Water (Caroline Gluck, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)