The New Saints Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams has been selected to be a member of the European Club Association (ECA) Youth Working Group. Having been involved with the ECA, the body that directly represents football clubs at European level since it’s inception in 2008, he was delighted with the appointment.
‘It’s a great honour to be selected to represent both my club and country on the Youth Working Group for the 2013/15 ECA cycle’ he commented.
‘Having previously been a member of the Competitions Working Group, this new role will give me an insight into examples of good practice within clubs across Europe which will hopefully benefit the development of the game in Wales’ he added.
Since the creation of ECA, working groups have been an important cornerstone of ECA’s organisational structure. They provide active advice and support to the ECA Executive Board and to ECA representatives participating in committees or working groups at UEFA, FIFA and EU level. Their contribution is key and strategic to the association. In addition, they drive membership engagement and communication across the organisation on key issues, challenges and opportunities.
The European Club Association has five different working groups, which each deal with one of the following topics: Competitions, Finance, Institutional Relations, Marketing & Communication and Youth.
Williams will be joined by Edwin Van der Sar, Brian McClair, Liam Brady, Jean-François Créachcadec, Bodo Menze, Roberto Samaden, Patrícia, Bruno de Macedo, Luis Cervera Torres and Jon Berasategi Zabala, amongst other famous names in the world of football.