The New Saints Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams presented a case study of The New Saints FC and it’s unique history along with SL Benfica CEO Domingo’s Soars de Oliveira and Club Brugge’s Chairman Bart Verhaeghe at the first European Club Association (ECA) Workshop on Club Structure & Organisation which was successfully held at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main recently with over 50 ECA Member Club Representatives attending the one-day event.
The structure and organisation of a football club – regardless whether it is organised as an association, a private company or a members’ organisation – is essential for its long-term sustainability and success. In fact, with the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) Regulations fully in place, it is now almost an obligation for a football club to be structured and run in a sustainable way.
‘It was an enjoyable experience to present alongside such great European clubs’ commented Williams, ‘All clubs essentially have the same ingredients at whatever level they compete at, each doing something similar albeit on different scales’ he added.
A panel discussion reuniting the three main speakers joined by PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) and Ferencvarosi TC (Hungary) also took place which allowed for a further exchange of views, knowledge and ideas on club structure and management and the importance of people within the organisation was a point raised a certain number of times.