The UAE Pro League launched the first phase of its training program aimed at supporting and developing the skills of the clubs’ administrative cadres, through specialized courses developed in line with best practices. The initiative is part of the UAEPL’s efforts to enhance all aspects of the game in accordance with the 2030 strategic plan and in a way that complements the development program that has been organized by the UAE Pro League for club employees over the past three years.
As a first step, a bilingual role-specific manual has been created which is then expanded on through two education sessions. Building on this key information, a tailor-made mentorship for each of the club staff is designed with very specific and clear goals to be achieved by the end of the mentorship. Throughout the period, best practice insight is provided by leading global football industry consultants.
The first club staff to benefit from the Capacity Building Initiative will be the top administrators of each club, the Chief Executive Officers. By the end of the eight-week session, each CEO will have made significant progress with the creation and implementation of a football club strategic plan. This will provide each club with a set of long-term objectives that can provide all staff and the Pro League clarity on the direction of the club.
Completing the Initiative in 2021 will be role-specific programmes for the head of each clubs’ Human Resources, Marketing and Social Media, before incorporating further key positions from 2022.
Commenting on the new initiative, Pro League CEO, Waleed Al Hosani stated, “This is a step-up from the education programme of recent years. It is very important that the Pro League is able to provide tailor-made support for the club staff and be able to record the impact that this support has at the clubs. This new structure provides core educational elements with a practical project implementation, the impact of which is very easy for us to monitor. By bringing in global expertise, the club staff will be able to draw on best practice knowledge to strengthen the administrative activities of each Pro League club”.