Building a Strong Management Foundation
Learn the essential practices for effective organizational management and strategic leadership. Equip yourself for success in today's evolving sports landscape with skills in planning, decision-making, and fostering a positive culture.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for every professional who works in sports both on and off the pitch, and aspiring leaders who are seeking to build strong leadership & management skills, and drive a positive culture.
Cultivate a positive organizational culture through effective leadership and management.
Develop the essential leadership skills and knowledge needed to excel in the sports industry.
What will you learn
Dive into the essentials of building a robust management foundation in this comprehensive course. Explore key principles and practices that underpin effective organizational management and strategic leadership. From strategic planning and decision-making to systematic thinking and building a positive organizational culture, equip yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful leadership in today’s dynamic sports landscape.
Learn the art of crafting, implementing, and executing strategies in a leadership role, focusing on long-term vision while managing daily operations.
Delve into the process of strategic planning, exploring the methodologies and considerations involved in crafting effective organizational strategies.
Develop systematic thinking skills to approach complex challenges in a structured and analytical manner, a crucial aspect of strategic management.
Understand the art and science of decision-making within the strategic management context. Explore techniques for making informed, strategic decisions.
Building Organizational Culture
Learn the importance of building and nurturing a positive organizational culture, which plays a pivotal role in effective strategic management.
How it works
Fast-paced courses with a min of 2 weekly live lectures taught by top professionals and industry leaders, providing you with the tools, frameworks, and strategies for immediate impact.
Develop the essential skills and knowledge with fully engaging sessions.
Learn along with professionals
Engage and interact with like-minded professionals.
Put your learnings into practice
Complete the light assignments to earn your badge.
Meet your lecturers
Gareth Jennings is the technical director of the UAE Pro League, technical advisor on the board at Grimsby Town and a member of the technical advisory board of the Welsh Football Association. He also sits on the committee of the Association of Sporting Directors. He has previously worked for FIFA as Head of Technical Leadership and technical expert, as well as worked as Academy Director at Leicester City, Bristol City and Stoke City. He has also held roles with the English Football Association and New Zealand Football.
Leading EPP's top-tier searches, Anna Edwards has placed senior leaders at global giants like Amazon, LEGO, and IKEA. As a Technical Expert for FIFA and a tutor for the English FA, her expertise extends to coaching, mentoring, and advising on organizational design in sports. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford and a Master in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes Business School.
Dave Slemen founded EPP in 2013 after a successful rugby career, and both run EPP’s senior-level searches within elite sports and head up the advisory practice. Dave regularly speaks at industry events and has been a guest tutor for The FA, Loughborough University, and Salford University’s MSc in Sporting Directorship. Dave completed his Executive MBA from the University of Bath Business School in 2021. He earned his BSc in Sports Science and Physiology from Leeds University.
A learning experience like no other
A dynamic world of continuous professional development along with like-minded professionals and elite-level lecturers.
Weekly Live LECTURES
2-4 dynamic lectures that generates actionable frameworks.
Complete courses to earn Professional Certificates.
WEEKLY Cohort Meetings
Engage with weekly reflection sessions built on shared insights.
A Global Network
Connect to a network, fostering new insights and engagement.
Balanced Learning Rhythm
6-7 weeks of lectures, then 1-2 weeks off for optimal balance.
Rich Learning Resources
Pre-session case studies and articles for deeper understanding
Interactive and Energizing
Dynamic sessions filled with interactivity.
Everything is recorded; complete anytime for busy schedules.
Learn with a network of like-minded people from clubs/associations like:
have completed our courses since our launch in 2022.
A truly global platform with Alumni across 6 continents.
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Hear from our members
The testimonials highlight transformative experiences and underscore the various values of our courses, all with a strong commitment to growth and development.
Global Head of Technical Leadership at Double Pass
“A good starting point for those curious about the role with clear pathways to progress for those who want to continue learning.”
Head of Recruitment at Portsmouth FC Women
“The network, skills and workflow insight gained on the Sporting Directors Course has allowed me to obtain a role as a Head of Recruitment for a Women’s team at Portsmouth FC.”
Sporting Director at Dinamo Bucharest
“Great educational program. From the organisation to the speakers, everything is of great value. The learning spectrum is wide. I would recommend this to anyone in the football business.”
Club Development Manager at UAE Pro League
“The courses bring together accomplished instructors that impart practical knowledge and real-life situations, and a cohort full of experienced practitioners. Well worth the fee.”
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