The New Saints Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams recently attended the second session of the ECA (European Club Association) Club Management Programme (CMP) at the brand new Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.
The CMP is designed and organised by ECA in collaboration with its academic and strategic partners and aims at strengthening the knowledge of ECA Member Clubs’ staff in all areas of club management.
Following the kick-off session dedicated to Leadership in Munich at the beginning of the year, the second part of the programme exclusively dealt with Sports Activities. A special focus was given on the organisation and development of the professional first team as well as the youth academy and how these two important pillars fit into the overall structure of the club.
Presentations were made by Jean-Michel Aulas, President of Lyon together with case studies from leading European clubs including Sevilla FC, FC Midtjylland and Sporting CP as well as an interesting insight into the role of the Sporting Director with former Liverpool and Spurs Sports Director Damien Comolli.
The third session of the ECA Club Management Programme, which will be dedicated to Business Activities, is scheduled to take place on 31 May and 1 June in Istanbul.
‘It was another informative and beneficial session in Lyon’ commented The New Saints Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams. ‘It provided all participants with the opportunity to look at the football operations within clubs and hopefully I’ll be able to share that knowledge and understanding with other member clubs domestically in Wales’ he added.