European Leagues ELEVATE Executive Development Programme returns for second successful Edition in Nyon

After a first successful edition in 2022-23, the second edition of ELEVATE, the European Leagues Executive Development Programme, officially kicked-off this week in Nyon, Switzerland.

The city of European football was the stage for welcoming the new 20 participants, representing 19 member leagues and hailing from 18 different European countries. The program aims to provide participants with the tools, skills, and knowledge required to work at the highest levels of football league management.

The ELEVATE programme has been specifically designed from the perspective of managing a league and for leaders and managers who seek a deeper understanding of the current and future trends impacting the professional football industry, as well as to expand their professional network. The programme will run from October 2023 to May 2024 and will include four main three-day physical sessions and regular online workshops.

During the first session in Nyon, significant trends and themes across the football and wider sports landscape impacting European leagues were discussed. The first day began with a Q&A session with Lars-Christer Olsson, Honorary President of the European Leagues, who discussed the historical development within the world of football to provide participants with additional context regarding the current state of events in European football. The afternoon delved into ice hockey insights from the Swiss National League and Lausanne Hockey Club, concluding with an ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) presentation about developments and challenges faced by other sports.

The European House of Football hosted the second day, where UEFA provided an overview of European football, including insights from the European Affairs and Government Department, UEFA Intelligence Centre and the Competitions Department presenting the new UEFA Club Competitions format.

The final day featured an insightful presentation by Lukas Brud, Secretary/CEO of IFAB, focusing on the institution responsible for the laws of the game, including its history, current challenges and future prospects. Participants also engaged in real-life decision-making scenarios in a group workshop style session.

The next session in Milan at the end of November will centre on Media and Broadcasting.

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