• UEFA Experts to share learnings across many aspects of developing a successful sport
  • Topics include digital engagement, participation, sponsorship, strategic communications and the growth of women’s sport
  • Federation urges all National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships and those responsible for the administration of sport in Ireland to attend

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. Their success across a number of areas has seen the sport of football grow both at national and European level. 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 share their learnings on a wide range of topics all aimed at growing a sport. The conference is open to all.

Speaking about the conference Mary O’Connor CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said:

“This really is a unique opportunity to learn from an organisation that has been hugely successful at growing the sport of football throughout Europe. The Federation of Irish Sport approached UEFA through the FAI and they were delighted to share their vast experience on their approaches to strategically & 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 sports most successful governing bodies in the world. Today it comprises 55 National Governing Bodies from all over Europe whom 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.

Tickets are available here