The Federation of Irish Sport is partnering with UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, in an initiative which will see UEFA experts share their experience and knowledge in sporting organisational development.
On March 1st, UEFA and the Federation will jointly host a full day conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. At that conference, UEFA experts will share their learnings on a wide range of topics from digital engagement to participation and data to public affairs.
The conference is open to all and presents a rare opportunity to learn from an organisation that has delivered at the highest level.
Polly Bancroft of UEFA was a guest speaker at the Sport for Business Women in Sport Conference at the studios of RTÉ last month and will deliver an update on how the We Play Strong initiative will be delivered in Ireland.
“This really is a unique opportunity to learn from an organisation that has been hugely successful at growing the sport of football throughout Europe,” said Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor.
“The Federation of Irish Sport approached UEFA through the FAI and they were delighted to share their vast experience on their approaches to strategically and systematically developing their sport.”
“Well known for major competitions such as the UEFA Champions League and the EURO’s, this conference focuses much more on how UEFA lead and support their network and regions to develop football in a tailored fashion and their plans to continue evolving this in the coming years.”
“This is a conference for all involved in organising and growing sport in Ireland.”
Speaking on behalf of UEFA and the FAI John Delaney, CEO of the FAI and UEFA EXCO Member, said that he was delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Federation.
“The FAI has been affiliated to UEFA since their establishment in 1954. We have seen it grow into one of the most successful governing bodies of sport in the world.”
“Today it comprises 55 National Governing Bodies from all over Europe who have the opportunity to draw on UEFA’s fantastic experience across a wide variety of services.”
“This Conference will share that expertise with a wider audience and I have absolutely no doubt that no matter what the sport there will be UEFA learnings that can enhance what they do. I am really looking forward to being part of the day.”
UEFA expert sessions on the day will include:
Strategic Growth, Speaker: Noel Mooney, Head of National Associations Business Development, UEFA
Insights & Intelligence, Speaker: Manuel Ruess, National Associations Business Development Coordinator, UEFA
Engagement, Speaker: Richard Ayers, UEFA GROW Mentor (Digital)
Data & Relationship Management, Speaker: Fiona Green, UEFA GROW Mentor (CRM)
Commercial Revenues, Speaker: Tom Liston, UEFA GROW Mentor (Commercial)
Strategic Communications, Speaker: Amanda Docherty, UEFA GROW Mentor (Communications)
Participation Speakers: Liam Mc Groarty, Business Development Manager UEFA & Polly Bancroft, Business Development Coordinator UEFA
Women’s football growth, Speaker: Polly Bancroft, Business Development Coordinator UEFA
Public Affairs, Speakers: Monica Golding & Tim Crabbe, UEFA GROW Mentors (Public Affairs)
Building a federation, Speakers: John Delaney, UEFA EXCO member & FAI CEO. Razvan Burleanu, Romanian Football Federation President.