The FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management covers all sports. It provides training in 6 essential fields of sports management, namely sports event management, finance, communication, management, sports law, marketing/sponsorship.
Sports Event Management
The objective of this module is to give students a better understanding of the various aspects related to the organisation of sports events, on both a national and international level. For example, project management, security, logistics, infrastructure, positioning in such a competitive market, are all key elements to ensure the successful delivery of a sporting event.
This module offers training in the financial realities of national and continental sports entities, with a view to strengthening and improving financial management processes. It addresses fundamental financial concepts such as balance sheets, profit and loss accounts, budget options, and business plans. On completion of the module, sports managers will have acquired the necessary tools to be efficient managers within their organisations.
This module offers the possibility to gain knowledge of the basic concepts of communication as needed by sports organisations to ensure the effective exchange of information between the different sports industry actors. Strategic communication, planning, management of communication processes and crisis management are all necessary tools for effective communication strategies.
This module focuses on the transition from the amateur management of a sports organisation to professional management, and is based primarily upon efficiency and performance principles. Key themes addressed during this module include the structure of sports organisations, decision -making processes, human resources management, leadership and the management of organisational change.
The exceptional growth and development of the sports industry has also seen the evolution of an increasingly vast and complex judicial system. The objective of this module is to provide a full overview of sports law. For example, consideration is given to the structure of world sport, the status of the sports person, civil and criminal responsibility of sports actors, the different commercial contracts used, the resolution of legal disputes in sport and the increasing level of threats to the integrity of sport.
This module offers students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the commercial realities of modern sport. Students are presented with a pragmatic approach to marketing sports entities and events, as well as to the selling of sponsorship and servicing of account sponsors. The importance of markets and sports consumers are clearly demonstrated and also the role played by brands and social media. A better understanding of the methods used to strengthen the identity of a sports organisation for marketing purposes (values, image) and how to fully grasp the expectations of potential sponsors are two key components of this module.