FA set for major presence at European Forum
13 Mar 2013
Soccerex has announced that Football Association chairman David Bernstein will be leading a senior delegation as the FA marks its 150th anniversary at this year’s European Forum, which will be held on April 10-11 in Manchester.
As part of its year-long celebration of a century and a half of organised football, the FA will be playing a major role in every aspect of the Forum. English football’s governing body will host the VIP Lounge, provide a number of high-profile speakers for the conference programme, exhibit the newly-opened St. George’s Park and detail Wembley Stadium’s calendar of events in its 90th year. The exclusive FA150-branded VIP Lounge will feature the 1863 Minute Book – the original and historic transcript of the FA’s first-ever rules and regulations – along with the FA Cup trophy.
The FA has a significant involvement across this year’s conference programme, after playing a major part in last November’s global conference in Rio de Janeiro. In what will be one of his final public addresses before standing down in the summer, Bernstein will take part in a special one-to-one session. Having been at the centre of English football for the last two years, which included Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager, UEFA Euro 2012, the launch of St. George’s Park and the FA’s 150th anniversary, Bernstein will look back over his time as chairman and share his thoughts on the future.
As previously announced, Hodgson will be speaking on ‘The Three Lions’ panel alongside England legends Bryan Robson and Kevin Keegan. The FA representation will also include general secretary Alex Horne, Club England managing director and communications director Adrian Bevington, as well as a number of FA150 ambassadors. The exhibition will also feature the FA’s new national football centre St. George’s Park, officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last October, which will be exhibiting for the second year in a row. Senior representatives will be on hand to provide an update on the first six months since St. George’s Park opened and the programmes that have already been put in place. For further information about the European Forum please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit www.soccerex.com/europe.