Innovation & Change Management in Football

Gain the insights and skills needed to stay ahead in the ever-evolving realm of sports.

This course is part of multiple certification programs.

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

Discover how the evolving landscape of sports demands continuous adaptation and transformation. This course equips you with the knowledge and strategies to navigate innovation challenges, foster a culture of creativity, and effectively manage changes within sports organizations.

Understanding Innovation and Change

Define innovation and change in the context of sports and understand the role of innovation and change in achieving sports organizations’ goals.

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Identify key elements of an innovative culture in sports and learn methods for promoting creativity and innovation among sports teams and staff.

Innovation Frameworks and Strategies

Familiarize yourself with popular innovation models in sports, and learn how to align innovation strategies with sports organizations’ objectives.

Managing Change Effectively

Learn the stages of change management, change communication and stakeholder engagement strategies in sports.

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.

Dynamic Lectures

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


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

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:

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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.

Ceri Bowley

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.”

Matt Johnson

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.”

Gabriel Glavan

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.”

Robert Sabeh

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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