Author: Geoff Wilson

For me the role of the Board is as follows: – Ownership of the strategic plan. It is likely that the full-time staff will suggest the key strategic priorities as well as lead on the implementation of the various goals/objectives but it is the Boards responsibility to have a strategic plan in place and to ensure it is monitored throughout the year. – Ensure the correct financial management procedures and reports are in place.  This includes having clearly defined and written financial procedures in place and followed. In addition, annual budgets should be in place alongside monthly income and expenditure…

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Recently I attended a premier league game at the Eithad Stadium, the home of #ManCity The overall experience was fantastic so I wanted to write a quick blog on the things I liked on match day. Good signage around the stadium. The signage was clear in terms of the location of my gate and the location of the fan zone at the stadium. Entry to stadium was quick and easy. From passing security to gaining entry through the turnstiles. The fan zone. The fan zone consisted of interactive games as well as a good range of food outlets. Many of the…

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Following a hugely successful international campaign over the last eighteen months, Netball in Northern Ireland is on the move; participation levels are increasing, performance levels are being pushed steadily higher and Netball NI is driving forward to take its place front and centre as promoter and facilitator of this increasingly popular female sport. In the run up to competing in the showcase event of the Netball World Cup (12th – 21st July 2019, Liverpool), Netball NI have some exciting announcements; Dan Ryan, appointed Head Coach in November 18 will lead Northern Ireland in the Netball World Cup. Ryan, who joins Netball NI after two…

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The Basketball Champions League was created in 2016 and after a first very successful season, the competition has reaffirming once more its impressive digital growth during the second season, running from October 2017 to May 2018. The basketball scenery is over excessively filled with events in Europe, with four club competitions running concurrently. Despite being the new kid on the block, the Basketball Champions League is growing fast, very fast. The league that was created in May 2016 embraced digital since the very beginning, used social-media as its main channel of communication, and set its digital landscape as a top…

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In early September 2018, the Norwegian FA launched an official esport national team with the focus on games such as FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. The Team consisted of a squad with six players, four specializing on PlayStation and two on Xbox meeting six times a year at the Ullevaal Stadium in a dedicated esport arena. Mats Theie Bretvik, who is the Norwegian FAs Esport Manager says that this is something that the NFF has been working on for almost a year now. “It’s great to finally launch our esports team. We believe that when people aren’t outside playing football,…

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Last month, AZ became the first club in Holland to organize a hackathon. It follows the club’s mindset of ‘improvement through innovation’. 43 MBA-students from the Ohio University in the US, were asked to solve some of the club’s strategic challenges around data, digital and technology. The results should help the club to achieve its long-term goals around optimizing its digital assets and building its fanbase. Within football, hackathons have become popular. Clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern München have organized similar events over the last few years. Bas Schnater, Fan Engagement & CRM Coordinator at AZ Alkmaar and…

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The intelligent ‘iBall’ developed by SELECT and KINEXON premieres at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 on 26/27 May, opening doors for creative data visualisation, fan engagement and monetisation The final weekend of handball’s VELUX EHF Champions League is set to become the first major event in sport to be played with game-changing tracking technology enabling the distribution of data in real time. Played in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,000 in Cologne’s LANXESS arena, the VELUX EHF FINAL4 will see all four matches played with a new, intelligent ball developed by the European Handball Federations (EHF) official ball supplier, SELECT,…

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Global eleagues, the Irish-based eSports company, have announced that the finals of the Sportego eLeague will take the form of a LAN event in the De Grolsh Veste Stadium, home to Dutch Eredivisie club, FC Twente, on the 24th of May, 2018. The Sportego eLeague has seen 64 clubs and eSports organisations face off against each other in two divisions, PS4 and Xbox. A successful partnership with Goal has seen a weekly highlights programme broadcast online along with the top goals from each week, culminating in the final event in May. The show, broadcast through the Goal Facebook following of…

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The Ulster Grand Prix, billed as the World’s Fastest Road Race, may not be as well known as many other mainstream motorsport events, but when it comes to digital activity, the team are starting to make themselves known all around the world. Road racing involves some of the most exciting and exhilarating motorcycle racing with riders achieving speeds in access of 200mph on fast flowing public roads, which are transformed into a circuit for one week each year. 2017 was especially unique in that the world record (143.6Mhp average lap) was broken twice in the same race! This led to a high level of…

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AZ Alkmaar is a top-tier club playing in the Dutch Premier League. With two national titles and 4 national cups, AZ has traditionally been the main competitor of the traditional top 3 (Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV). Amongst the most notable players are Jozy Altidore, Sergio Romero, Ron Vlaar, Vincent Janssen and Moussa Dembele and the club has been coached by Louis van Gaal, Dick Advocaat and Marco van Basten. AZ is a club that had suffered setbacks during the economic crisis. Now, years later, the club has successfully recovered and has quickly become one of Holland’s most innovative football…

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