On Tuesday 17th of November, the European Club Association was pleased to welcome the 24 participants of the newly launched UEFA Executive Master for International Players (UEFA MIP) at its Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Developed in partnership with ECA, the UEFA MIP is an executive educational programme that aims at providing former top football players as well as former international referees with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in decision-making and leadership roles off the pitch at the end of their sporting career. The programme runs over a period of 20 months and comprises seven one-week sessions, each of which deals with a different aspect of football administration and management.
As part of the first one-week session entitled "The framework of professional sport", the 24 participants were welcomed at the ECA HQ in Nyon by ECA General Secretary Michele Centenaro and ECA Executive Board Member Aki Riihilahti (HJK Helsinki).
Following a general presentation of the European Club Association by Michele Centenaro, outlining ECA's objectives and achievements, the participants took part in a debate on the skills needed to be a successful sports manager. The discussion was moderated by Aki Riihilahti, himself a former professional football player, who shared his post-career experience with the participants. Additionally, Jim Pulcrano, former Executive Director of IMD Business School, gave further insights into how to acquire and develop managerial skills.
Delivered by two academic institutions, the Centre de Droit et d'Economie du Sport (CDES) University of Limoges (France) and the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, the UEFA MIP will hold its next one-week session in January 2016 in Paris.
For further information regarding the programme, you can visit the UEFA MIP's official website.