Today the application period opens for the fourth edition of The Cruyff Athlete Fund, the scholarship fund that Johan Cruyff Institute makes available for athletes
Johan Cruyff Institute today opens a new call for applications for The Cruyff Athlete Fund, a scholarship fund aimed at professional and semi-professional athletes about to retire, or already retired, who need help making the transition to management positions in the sports industry.
This will be the fourth edition of the program, one of the basic pillars of Johan Cruyff Institute’s CSR initiative as part of the legacy of its founder, Johan Cruyff. Candidates will be eligible for all the online master’s degrees and postgraduate diplomas in sport management, sport marketing and sponsorship, and football business offered by Johan Cruyff Institute for the 2022-23 academic year, starting in September-October 2022. The period for summiting applications will end on May 19, 2022, and the winners will be announced on June 15.
In this academic year 2021-22, we welcome to the Online Master in Sport Management to Daniela Giménez, Romina Lamas, Inés Remersaro, Alejandro Muscat y Mohammad Mohasin. Meanwhile, Germán Chiaraviglio and Brenda Salmerón will study the Online Master in Sport Marketing. And finally, Onyekachi Akakem has chosen to do the Online Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business.
Germán Chiaraviglio (34 years old, Argentina): “My goal at the end of my sport career is to help improve management practices and processes in sport in my country. As an athlete, I always care to have quality in the organization of my activities, and I understand that at the management level we must have the same premise. Hopefully, I will integrate a structure that allows me to place the contents and experiences of the program.”
Daniela Giménez (29 years old, Argentina): “Receiving this scholarship means having the opportunity to learn more about sport management, something that I love and I am so passionate about at one of the most prestigious institutes in the world. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for me. When I was young, there was no broadcasting or infrastructure in Paralympic sport, and I found out about its existence almost by chance. Since then, I have always had the dream of doing something in the future so that this does not happen to other Paralympic athletes, and to give back to sport a bit of everything it gave me in these 25 years practicing it and 15 years representing my country.”
Romina Lamas (42 years old, Argentina): “Being able to study and be part of an institute of such international prestige, becomes a personal motivation in my continuous search to achieve sporting excellence. My plan for the future it to be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the Master in Sport Management in my own sport center, Academia Voley Tenerife, in addition to opting for other jobs and training in the field of sports management as in the organization of sporting events.”
Inés Remersaro (29 years old, Uruguay): “I see my plans for the future in sports. I want to take advantage of all my experience as an athlete and the knowledge I will acquire in the master’s program to contribute to the development of sports policies that promote and improve the conditions of Uruguayan athletes. Also, a concern that I have for some time refers to the participation of women in all areas of sport, and my intention is to help generate equality.”
Brenda Alejandrina Salmerón (30 years old, El Salvador): “My professional plan is to be able to continue acquiring studies and knowledge in sport management and to put it into practice in my country to help take sport to its highest expression. Always with personal projects and projects of the INDES (National Institute of Sports), —the Institution where I currently work in the marketing and commercialization unit—as a showcase.”
Alejandro Muscat (36 years old, Spain): “I feel very proud to receive this scholarship, it represents a recognition for the effort in my sports career and in my academic training. It is also an opportunity for me, because without the scholarship it would be almost impossible for me to consider taking a master in sport management. Once I complete my education, I would love to manage regatta teams or work for companies related to competitive sailing.”
Onyekachi Akakem (31 years, Nigeria): “This scholarship will give me the opportunity to actualize my long term aspiration to change the dynamics of football business in Nigeria and the continent at large. It means so much to me because I’m going to be taught by the best.”
Mohammad Mohasin (34, Bangladesh): “This scholarship means a lot to me as I been working for disability inclusion through sports for a long time and I initiated wheelchair cricket in Bangladesh. My plans include developing disabled sports in Bangladesh; as it can be a great source of income for the person with disability and it can help them to be confident in their life, so that we can eradicate social stigma and ensure disability sports with social inclusion.”