UEFA's Top Executive Programme (TEP) has made a tangible difference for UEFA's member associations since its inception in 2005. The programme operates on the strategic crossroads between football politics and football development. It supports the member associations' top executives in their decision-making role by providing, analysing and discussing relevant facts and figures on strategic issues in order to further develop the game specifically in organisational and business aspects.
The key principles of the programme are that it is fact-based ("know your top executives in their local context"), demand-driven ("we go where the associations take us"), results-oriented (rather than tool-oriented) and its focus is on tangible decisions and development rather than on education.
UEFA TEP has initiated and facilitated several landslide decisions, re-shaping the future European football landscape:
All these strategic decisions were driven by clear sporting merits and will result in substantially higher and guaranteed revenues for associations, allowing them to invest more in football and grassroots development, good governance and social responsibility activities.
Besides helping to generate higher revenues, UEFA's Top Executive Programme also helps associations to save costs:
Another remarkable result of the programme is the creation of the first cross-border competition ever with a direct link to UEFA competitions. TEP played a key role in the development of the BeNe League, a cross-border league between the highest women's divisions in Belgium and the Netherlands which started in August 2012, and is offering the same service to other associations with similar requests.
TEP also organises small discussion platforms, TEP round tables, to listen to the needs and wishes of associations' top management, as well as to give and receive feedback on the follow-up of previous round table discussions. UEFA does not set the agenda for these informal meetings but rather provides the open forum for the participants, the UEFA member associations' presidents and general secretaries, to discuss the latest trends and developments in the world of football. Often the discussions centre around possibilities to increase revenue and/or save costs, as well as to improve their governance and social responsibility efforts.
The promising results of these TEP round-table meetings have led UEFA to extend this successful formula further by also organising 'big round tables', i.e. TEP Strategy Meetings with the presidents and general-secretaries of all national associations at the same time. This approach will ultimately provide a platform for supporting associations on a one-to-one tailored consultancy basis.
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