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ECA launch new Club Talent & Mentoring Programme with The FBA as delivery partner!

The Football Business Academy (FBA) and European Club Association (ECA) expand their partnership by collaborating on a newly created programme that officially started on November 30.

The Club Talent & Mentoring Programme (CTMP) seeks to provide the opportunity for young and talented club professionals at manager level or equivalent to expand their knowledge, develop key skills, grow their network as well as learn from the best in the business. It is intended to contribute to the development of aspiring leaders who may now be working in different areas that impact a club’s management and its success.

As the latest educational initiative of their recently introduced hub of excellence, ECA Campus, the CTMP is available to ECA Member Clubs and the ECA Network for individuals within a club’s management and administrative staff.

To provide knowledge, networking and growth opportunities are core aspects aligned with The FBA’s values and mission, which makes the global leader in football business education a perfect fit for this new challenge.

“Since the beginning of our journey it’s been a great pleasure working together with ECA and their stakeholders. We’re excited to continue building on the trust and synergies that exist between the organisations, now as Delivery Partners for their new Club Talent & Mentoring Programme. Being selected for the second time is a great testament to the quality and reach of The FBA’s team and services. ECA Campus’ vision is very much aligned to our mission and therefore I have no doubt that, like the CMP, the CTMP will become a huge success. I wish the participants of its inaugural edition all the very best,” said Kristian Dobrev, Deputy CEO, The FBA.

According to Sara Williams, ECA Knowledge and Education Manager, “the CTMP is a blended learning programme that will allow the participants to immerse themselves in online modules first and then enjoy a one week in-person module in Lisbon from 5 to 9 December 2022. That period will then be followed by 12 months of one-to-one mentoring from senior executives from the world of club football to directly pass on their skills and experience.”

The first edition will have more than 25 participants from clubs such as AC Milan, AFC Ajax, FK Bodø Glimt, Legia Warszawa, Rangers FC, Omonoia FC and Hertha BSC, and strong industry speakers such as Patricia Rodriguez (Programme Lead), Bart Verhaeghe (Club Bruges), Omar Chaudhuri (Twenty First Group), Pal Orosz (Ferencváros), Andoni Bombín (Athletic Club de Bilbao) as well as various professors from the renowned NOVA School of Business & Economics.

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