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The FMPA: Raising standards in professional football

At the beginning of each season, we always look to set in place a project or two that will further the purpose of the association, and this year was no exception.

The MPA Diploma; Preparation for working in Professional Football is the result of several months collaboration with a team of writers and reviewers who have given their time and knowledge in putting together an exceptional on-line course that will benefit practitioners and Clubs alike. A partnership with BASES and other organisations will ensure the course is delivered across all disciplines and we have already had international interest for translation and dissemination of the course in Europe.

The FMPA however is more than an educational facilitator. Our aim has always been to raise standards within our sector; our vision statement is “To create an environment where all facets of player care are delivered to the highest standards”, and this diploma is a step in the right direction. Certainly, no one understands the needs of our members and the nuances of their working environment better than the FMPA, and accordingly it is incumbent of the association to continue to address issues that arise and impact working practices.

Any innovation, of course, needs to be taken in small steps. After all, great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together.

I am delighted to announce the return of our annual Conference and awards event on May 23rd 2024 at our much-heralded venue, The Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands. For so many, the Conference brings the curtain down on an arduous season and this is an ideal time to meet colleagues and friends from Clubs within our industry. Alongside a terrific line-up of speakers, the awards remain a highlight as we look to recognise the successes of our colleagues and the exceptional work of individuals who go beyond the call of duty. This year sees a slightly different format being a single day/evening awards event so you can relax and make the most of the best networking opportunity within our industry.

Eamonn Salmon