SBS signs new deal with European Club Association

SBS has a current partnership agreement with the European Club Association (ECA) to provide executive education support to ECA’s highly regarded Club Management Programme (CMP).

ECA is the sole, independent, representative body for football clubs at the European level and, in addition to maintaining high level involvement in European football governance matters, seeks to promote knowledge sharing, information and services among its member clubs.

SBS worked with ECA on the design and delivery of the first CMP programme and has been selected, once more, to provide academic support for an enhanced second edition of the programme. The final session, which will see participating football executives travel to Stockholm, will be held at SBS in in June 2019.

Speaking about the decision to sign a new agreement with SBS, ECA General Secretary, Michele Centenaro, commented, “ECA is pleased to continue its partnership with Stockholm Business School. As academic partner of the ECA Club Management Programme, they have added great value to the development and content this course has to offer our members. We look forward to continuing this fruitful relationship for the second edition.”

Maria Frostling-Henningsson, Head of School at SBS, responded “Stockholm Business School is delighted to be selected once again as the preferred academic partner to ECA’s Club Management Programme. The success of the first edition, and the high standards set during its delivery, serve as a marker for continuing the excellent work ECA is doing in this area to promote professionalism and good governance in the game across Europe. We very much look forward to enhancing our collaboration with ECA’s CMP over the course of the next two years”.


Pictured at the opening CMP event at Juventus F. C., Turin (left to right): Olivier Jarosz, ECA CMP Director; Ian Richardson, Director of Executive Education SBS; Michele Centenaro, ECA General Secretary; and Emeritus Professor Sten Söderman, SBS. 


In addition to providing academic support to the CMP, SBS will also become more actively engaged in knowledge development and research collaborations with ECA and its member clubs. Ian Richardson, Director of Executive Education at SBS, added: “ECA’s Club Management Programme has quickly established itself as the pre-eminent educational forum for executives from some of Europe’s largest and most successful football clubs. The Centre for Executive Education at SBS is pleased to have the opportunity to deepen its collaboration with ECA and further develop SBS’s capabilities within this unique industry”.