#022 Players Association: What does the future look like for athletes?

Episode Summary

Professional athletes are fundamental to sporting events, nevertheless, when the system crumbles due to force majeure, what can we say of the protection net for players and who should be responsible for that? In this episode, we look into players representation – history and current issues – with the World Players Association and the International Beach Volleyball Players Association.

Full Show Notes

Guests: Brendan Schwab & Anouk Vergé-Dépré

Brendan Schwab has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the governance, business, legal, player relations and human rights aspects of elite sport at the global, regional and national levels. Appointed Executive Director of World Players in July 2015, he has united the world’s leading player associations who collectively represent 85,000 athletes to champion the dignity of the player and the humanity of sport.
Prior to joining World Players, Schwab played an instrumental role with FIFPRO, the world footballers association, in protecting the rights of professional footballers, especially within Asia and Oceania, serving in various capacities between 2007 and 2015 including as a board member, Vice President and Chairman of FIFPro Division Asia/Oceania.
He is a co-founder of the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA) (2007), which represents eight-player unions and over 3,500 athletes in sports such as Australian football (AFL), basketball, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, netball and football. He also co-founded Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) in 1993, serving as its long-serving Chief Executive and General Counsel while advancing its progression and the reform of Australian football. In 2016, he was appointed as PFA Chair for a four-year term.
Schwab holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration.

Anouk Vergé-Dépré finished 9th at her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At 26 years and 8 years on the FIVB senior world tour, she has won 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. She’s 4-time Swiss Champion and her highest rank in the world ranking has been #7. Anouk studies media, communication and economics. She’s committed to working for the International Beach Volleyball Players Association to help beach volleyball to grow as a sport and create the base to better market one of the best sports products worldwide.

Hosts: Christiaan Page, Diogo Jurema, Alexandra Volkova

Podcast Team: Diogo Jurema, Alexandra Volkova, Donata Taddia, Surbhi Kuwelker, Tatiana Ghigonetto, Sarah Crumbach, Gustavo Arellano, Pablo Rosetti, Torin Koos.

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