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PHAR Football Talent brokers Mohammed Awal move to Moroccan side Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca

PHAR Football Talent brokers Mohammed Awal move to Moroccan side Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca

Awal, who was a member of Ghana’s squad that reached the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations, joins on a free transfer having mutually terminated his deal with Saudi side Al-Shabab.

Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca are one of the biggest sides in Morocco having won eleven domestic titles and were the first African team to participate in the Fifa World Club Cup in 2000.

“I am delighted to have signed with Club Athletic and can not wait to join my colleagues for the season,” Awal said. “The dream of every footballer is to be able to represent a historic club that will allow him to continue his development, and Club Athletic fits the bill. I have spoken to the coach and he has assured me that we will work together to achieve the aims of the club and I am looking forward to that.”

 

 



Sony athlete Alistair Brownlee wins in Cape Town

Sony athlete Alistair Brownlee wins in Cape Town

Alistair Brownlee, Olympic champion and a Sony ambassador, came back from an ankle injury that prevented him from competing at three previous events by taking gold at World Triathlon Series event in Cape Town this weekend. His brother Jonny, also supported by Sony, missed the event to concentrate on the upcoming Triathlon Test event in Rio, but the GB domination was evident after Vicky Holland's triumph in the women's race on Saturday. What a great week for British Triathlon!



PHAR wishes good luck to Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations Final

PHAR wishes good luck to Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations Final

PHAR wishes good luck to Ghana in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations against Ivory Coast on Sunday, especially Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Harrison Afful, Mohammed Awal, Jonathan Mensah and Baba Rahman, whom we are currently working closely with through our Director of Football Talent, Yaw Amponsah - one of Ghana's leading football agents. Our presence in Ghana has recently been strengthened with our association with Kumasi Cornerstone Football Club which will aid us in developing the best young footballing talent in the country.

 

In the January Transfer Window we successfully brokered deals for three Ghanaian footballers:

Ibrahim Moro from AIK to FC Kairat

Mohammed Awal from Martizburg United to Al-Shabab

Abdul Latif Abubakari from Liberty Professionals to Misr El-Makasa SC

 

 

 

 

 



PHAR Talent brokers deal for Ghana International midfielder Ibrahim Moro to join ambitious Kazakh side FC Kairat

PHAR Talent brokers deal for Ghana International midfielder Ibrahim Moro to join ambitious Kazakh side FC Kairat

PHAR's Talent division has secured a move for 21-year old defensive midfielder Ibrahim Moro from AIK Stockholm to FC Kairat in Kazakhstan Moro, who spent three years with AIK had excelled in the Swedish top-flight, and attracted the attention of Kairat who have signed him on a 2-year deal.

Moro moved to Sweden in August 2012 after scoring the winner to give New Edubiase United a 1-0 win over AshantiGold in the final of the MTN Ghana FA Cup.

FC Kairat finished third last season in the Kazakh top-flight and will play in the qualifying rounds of the 2015/2016 Europa League.



No time? That’s no excuse! PHAR’s athlete Lynsey Sharp puts Radio DJ Greg James through his paces

No time? That’s no excuse! PHAR’s athlete Lynsey Sharp puts Radio DJ Greg James through his paces

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Our medal winning Commonwealth Games and European Championship athlete Lynsey Sharp helped Radio DJ Greg James to step up training for his latest fitness challenge. His session comes as new research by Bupa shows that while a third of Brits will attempt a fitness challenge at some point in their lives, only 10% will actually prepare and stick to a clear plan, and around 30% admit fear of failure or lack of time stops them from achieving their goal. Greg is now midway through a strict training plan to prepare him for attempting a new personal best at the Bupa Great North Run on 7 September. To demonstrate that anyone can fit training into their daily routine, no matter how busy they are, Bupa enlisted PHAR Talent's Lynsey Sharp to put Greg through his paces and show him effective ways to fit in short and fast bursts of training that will improve speed and stamina.

Greg James said: I’ve been pretty good at sticking to the training plan for the Bupa Great North Run, however it is hard to balance training, work and seeing friends. Today’s session was something else, I’ve never worked so hard in my life, but Lynsey showed me that when I’m short on time, short internal sessions are a great way to boost my training. I feel like a changed man and I’ve never enjoyed running so much!”

The session was held after new research by Bupa examined how and why Brits set themselves challenges, and their feelings towards failure. The research was conducted as part of Bupa’s Your First Step campaign, which aims to inspire people of all ages to take on a new fitness goal they didn’t think would be possible. It found that:

  • Around 70% of Britons regularly set themselves challenges, with over 40% doing so to improve their health.
  • One in three Brits will take on a new fitness challenge at some point in their lives, but only one in ten will actually prepare and stick to a clear plan.
  • A quarter of 25-44 year olds say that a lack of time stops them from setting a challenge.

To prove that with the right support, anyone can take on a challenge and succeed – no matter how busy they are – Greg is looking to beat his previous half marathon time of two hours and eight minutes, and complete the course in less than two hours.

Lynsey is no stranger to adversity and overcoming the odds as an elite athlete. After smashing her personal best twice this year, she has provided her top tips on how to improve mental and physical strength that anyone can apply to help reach personal goals.

Lynsey Sharp said: “Interval training is the best way to improve fitness in a short space of time, although it isn’t for the faint hearted, and is incredibly intense and taxing on the body. This particular way to train has a reputation of being boring, but it’s just harder work that you can power through. I was really impressed with the way that Greg performed during our session, he has clearly been putting in the hours and sticking to the training plan. I’ve had to battle a lot of injury in my career to date, so I am well versed in the pressures of getting back into peak fitness with a clear goal in mind.”



PHAR client Artemis Racing launches its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup

PHAR client Artemis Racing launches its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup

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Today, PHAR's client Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests were treated to a rare chance of seeing the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the heart of Stockholm’s proud maritime history. Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team. Building on our core group from the last campaign, we have been able to secure talent across all areas, and I strongly believe that Artemis Racing is a team capable of winning the 35th America’s Cup”.

Artemis Racing will again challenge alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, for what will be their second campaign together in the pursuit of winning the oldest competition in sport.

“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of international sailing. KSSS is proud to be a challenger once again through Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing team. We are also very excited by the prospect of involving Swedish sailors in various ways in the project. We want to extend our gratitude to Torbjörn Törnqvist for making this possible” commented Staffan Salén, KSSS Commodore.

New team members were announced, including Swedish Olympic champions, Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen, as well as America’s Cup veteran Rod Davis.

Lööf is one of the most successful Swedish sailors of all times and a long-time friend and competitor of Team Manager Iain Percy. With a wealth of experience, he has participated in an incredible six Olympic campaigns, winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Star class, and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Finn class. Lööf’s career highlights also include three Finn World Championships, two Star World titles and a third place finish in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race.

On joining the team Fredrik said “I’ve been fascinated by the way sailing has been evolving over the last few years, with these new foiling boats and incredible TV production. I was really inspired by Artemis’ last campaign and having a Swedish boat on the start line again, and being part of it this time, is very exciting. Winning the America’s Cup and bringing it to Sweden for the first time would be something very special”.

One of the most promising talents in Swedish sailing, Max Salminen, still just 24, struck gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Fredrik Lööf in the Star class.

Artemis Racing also welcomed Sailing Coach Rod Davis. In his extraordinary America’s Cup career –now his 9th campaign – Davis brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the team, having covered a variety of roles from bowman to mainsail trimmer, skipper, and more recently coach of Emirates Team New Zealand. Rod won a gold medal in the Soling class at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, and Olympic silver in the Finn class in Barcelona 1992. His track record also includes winning the Admiral’s Cup and the Sardinia Cup several times, as well as seven World Champion titles.

The Team has already amassed an incredible 61 America’s Cup Campaigns between its members, including 14 victories. Team members (including two designers) have competed in 21 Olympic Games, winning 11 medals, including seven Gold medals.

“Where some teams may have one Olympic gold medallist, we have six of them, however the focus is very much on the team, and there is no individual bigger than the group. We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade.” Said Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy. “I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is more than simply winning, it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way”.



Nissan sponsor PHAR Talent's Lynsey Sharp

Nissan sponsor PHAR Talent's Lynsey Sharp

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PHAR Talent is delighted to have brokered a deal for Western Nissan to support Lynsey Sharp as she gears up for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, providing her with a brand new Nissan Juke. The partnership between the dealership and Lynsey was formed through Nissan’s role as the Official Automotive Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As part of this, Nissan has launched the #UniteAndExcite campaign which will provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to athletes’ stories and news of how Nissan’s innovative technology could improve performance.

The sponsorship comes as a major boost to Lynsey’s sporting ambitions, removing any uncertainty over transport arrangements, and allowing her to focus 100 per cent on her Olympic preparations.

John La Trobe, Dealer Principal at Western Nissan, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to support Lynsey on the road to Rio and I’m sure she will absolutely love her new car. It’s a great source of pride for everyone at the dealership knowing that we are playing some part in helping her achieve her dreams and go for gold in Rio.”

 



PHAR Talent’s Lynsey Sharp wins gold at the 2014 British Championships

PHAR Talent’s Lynsey Sharp wins gold at the 2014 British Championships

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With an outstanding performance, Lynsey Sharp demonstrated she’s the best 800m in the UK as she claimed gold at the Sainsbury’s British Championships held at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium on June 29. Her victory confirmed her appearance at the European Championships in Zurich in August, where she will defend her European title, representing Team GB. Sharp clocked 2.01.40 minutes in Birmingham – she thought she had run faster as well after the clock in Birmingham prematurely stopped early in the final of the 800m – as she beat Alison Leonard into second and veteran Brit Jenny Meadows into third.

“It's been the hardest year, so to come back and do that is amazing,” said Sharp.

Sharp has spent the past 12 months fighting injury, undergoing surgery twice to resolve a painful leg tendon, missing almost the entire 2013 season. Only weeks ago she qualified for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, where she will represent Team Scotland.



PHAR Talent’s Lynsey Sharp selected to compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

PHAR Talent’s Lynsey Sharp selected to compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp has been selected to compete for Team Scotland in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, after achieving the qualifying standard last month. Sharp, the reigning European champion, is racing towards a competitive comeback after missing the entire 2013 season due to injury.

"Our aim was to select our largest team ever meeting the tough selection standards and clearly athletes in all sports have risen to the occasion," said Team Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig. "This however is just the first step and our focus now turns to ensuring we are the best prepared team ever, capable of delivering our best ever performance, competing with distinction across all sports. Looking at the athletes we have selected I am confident that we can achieve our target of at least 34 medals.”

With 310 participants, it is the largest squad Scotland have ever entered in a Commonwealth Games.

Sharp believes setting a target of at least 34 medals is good for the team. "It really makes you think we mean business here," said Sharp.

"It's all very well making the team but now it's about stepping up and really fighting for those medals."

Lynsey will be competing at the Glasgow Diamond League 11-12 July as part of her build up to the Commonwealth Games.

Photo:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Europe



PHAR appointed by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

PHAR appointed by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

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PHAR is working with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to secure partners for Bart's Bash, the monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for 'The Largest Sailing Event in the World'. So far nearly 600 sailing clubs in 40+ countries across five continents have signed up to the initiative. Click here to see what clubs are participating in the interactive map.

The event’s Olympic champion ambassadors include Sir Ben Ainslie, Robert Scheidt, Iain Percy, Paul Goodison, Shirley Robertson and Tom Slingsby.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is a UK based charity set up to inspire the next generation of young people through sailing.

The Foundation was established in memory of Olympic champion Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, an elite sailor of exceptional talent and a man who understood the value that sailing could bring to the personal development and achievement of young people

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah, it works to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging young people into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.

The Foundation aims to promote the sport of sailing through a number of activities including the Olympic Ambassador school visit programme, the Bart’s Bash mass participation event and through its sailing centre on the Olympic waters in Weymouth.

If you would be interested  in hearing more  please get in touch with David Tyler – david.tyler@pharpartnerships.com