Motherwell thrilled to join the ECA

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Motherwell thrilled to join the ECA

Motherwell Football Club is today delighted to confirm they have been granted associate membership of the European Club Association (ECA).

Leeann Dempster and Derek Weir both attended the ECA General Assembly in Doha, Qatar back in February and were officially notified of their membership by General Secretary Michele Centenaro last week.

It means club representatives will be able to rub shoulders and share information with football heavyweights such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and many more.

The Steelmen were invited to join the elite group after consistent qualification for European football between 2008 and 2013 and join Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Aberdeen as the only representatives from Scotland.

The ECA is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It replaced the G14 Group and the European Club Forum, both dissolved at the beginning of 2008. ECA was fully recognized by UEFA and FIFA in a formal memorandum of understanding, which was signed in January 2008.

As the representative of 207+ clubs (drawn from every one of the 53 National Associations within UEFA), they are the nuclear family of the football society.

The association is made of competitive friends, who face each other on the pitch to win the game, but also face each other in meeting rooms while working together for the benefit of all. They promote the interests of European club football.

ECA Objectives:

  • To safeguard and promote the interests of European club football in particular, and club football in general;
  • To represent the interests of the clubs as employers and to act as a social partner where appropriate;
  • To contribute to the healthy development of European club competitions organised by UEFA, by taking part in the relevant decision-making process;
  • To contribute to the good governance of European football, in particular by participating in the appropriate bodies established within UEFA;
  • To foster the exchange of information and expertise between clubs and other football stakeholders;
  • To support and uphold the sporting values and principles on which European football is based;
  • To maintain contacts, cooperation and negotiations with any football-related organisations, or with any relevant public and private institutions as well as with non-member clubs.

Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been granted membership to the ECA, it’s a real feather in our cap and a boost for Scottish football to have another club involved.

“I must pay tribute to everyone at the club who has managed to keep us at such a consistent level for a prolonged period which has allowed us this invite.

“We are really excited to be taking part and hope to learn and grow with some of the very cream of European football in the next three years.”

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