Football Governance Debate

Football Governance Debate

The Future of the Governance of English Football: where now after the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee Enquiry Report into the Governance of English Football?

We would like to invite you to a debate on Football  Governance which will take place on Thursday 15 September 2011, at One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London from 9.30-11.30am.

Chaired by Sean Hamil from the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, the panel will include: Damian Collins (MP), member of the recent House of Commons cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee enquiry into the Governance of Football in England; Erik Samuelson, CEO of AFC Wimbledon, the supporter-owned club who have just been promoted into the Football League; and Danny Davis, of leading law firm Mishcon de Reya, who have recently produced a research report examining key issues in football governance – the Kick-Off Review in particular examines the Fit & Proper Persons Test and the Financial Fair Play proposals. The panel will discuss the findings of the Committee’s final report and their likely implications.

Click here for details of the House of Commons Report, and of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre’s submission of evidence.

The following key questions will be addressed in the debate. How will the new proposed new Board structure for the Football Association improve governance? How will the proposed new club licensing system work? How will the proposed new ‘Fit and Proper Test’ be applied? How might approaches to grassroots football and youth development be enhanced?

The chairman will facilitate the hour-long panel discussion which will be followed by a question and answer session.

The event is free but places are limited and by invitation only, so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by contacting Bob Reid at

Venue: Flourish Suite, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London SW1V 2QQ
Nearest Tube station: Pimlico, Victoria


9.00am – Registrations and buffet breakfast
9.30am – Discussion starts
10.15am – Q&A
11.30am – Close

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