TS at the world cup
A trading standards enforcement officer is jetting off to the World Cup on 11 June after being awarded funding to shadow his counterparts in South Africa.
Football fan, Andy Faulkner, of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, will have his flights and accommodation paid for by a Trading Standards Institute College of Fellows bursary but will have to buy match tickets himself.
As a member of the TSI, Andy applied for the grant to develop his understanding of counterfeit goods operations at global events and hopes his new found skills will boost England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018.
Andy, 26, said: 'I'll be looking at problems to do with enforcing consumer protection rights on a large scale and how all the agencies work in partnership. When the whole world descends on you it throws up a range of problems you may not see at a normal national event.
'And if I get to see a few football matches as well then that's a bonus.'
Andy will be working with South African trading standards officers, police, customs officials, FIFA and FA representatives as well as with trademark owners like UMBRO.
To follow Andy on Twitter visit www.twitter.com/Brent_Council
10 June 2010