On Friday March 1st, AVIVA stadium played host to a gathering of Irish sporting bodies for a knowledge sharing UEFA Masterclass in partnership with the Federation of Irish Sport. The sold-out audience included over 25 National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, universities, city councils, media, sponsors and sports agencies. The 200 attendees were treated to ten sessions with UEFA GROW experts covering topics including strategic planning, digital engagement, strategic communications, stakeholder management, participation and women’s sporting development.

Attendees also received an insight into the running of a major UEFA event in the form of a Knowledge Burst from EURO2020 project leader Declan Conroy.

With over 50 organisations representing a wide range of sports and businesses, attendees not only learned about various sectors of the sporting industry but collaborated and compared ideas on how the topics applied to their organisations. A great day for knowledge sharing and networking!

The final session of the day saw FAI CEO John Delaney and Romanian FA President Razvan Burleanu join forces to deliver an interactive session on how to build a federation and the importance of tying all of the day’s lessons into a coherent plan for your organisation.

Mary O’Connor CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, who closed proceeding , thanked UEFA for their expert learnings and for sharing their knowledge and time with such a wide cross section of Irish sport today, “Today has been a great day for those involved in sport in Ireland and I have full faith that the lessons learned here in Aviva Stadium will long benefit our many member associations and the wider sporting administration in Ireland.”

The Federation would like to thank all those who made the masterclass a success including the continued support of our partners, many of whom were in attendance on the day, Crown Plaza, Print Depot, Clann Credo, Teamer, JLT Sport, Leman Solicitors, OSK and Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.

The Federation of Irish Sport also announced details of their annual conference to the audience in Aviva Stadium. The conference, which will take place on May 23rd in DCU, will be titled “Sport and physical activity – the most inclusive community of all?”. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.