26 Mar 2019


On 19th and 20th March 2019, the LMA delivered its inaugural LMA Senior Managers and Coaches Forum at The Campus, Quinta do Lago, Portugal. 

35 managers and coaches from across Europe came together for a programme of high-performance coach education. LMA Member and former UEFA Champions League winning manager, Louis van Gaal opened the event with a leadership Q&A on the subject of Football Management: A Changing Role. Louis' fascinating insight was followed by a networking dinner, providing delegates with the opportunity to discuss key issues within the European game.

The following day, LMA Leadership Board Member and Founder of Sporting Edge Jeremy Snape, delivered a high-performance masterclass, covering topics related to the future of the European game. This included a Q&A panel discussion with David Moyes, Carlos Carvalhal and Malmö Manager Uwe Rosler.

The event also welcomed counterparts from UEFA, AEFCA (Alliance Of European Football Coaches Associations), ANTF (Associação Nacional de Treinadores de Futebol), DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) and RFEF (Real Federacion Española de Futbol), further strengthening the LMA's relationships with key stakeholders within European football.

The forum was delivered in partnership with The Campus, a world-class sporting facility in the heart of Quinta do Lago offering a DESSO GrassMaster hybrid pitch, high-performance gym and a wide range of facilities purpose built for team and individual training camps and The Magnolia Hotel.

Following the event, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "The LMA was delighted to host its inaugural LMA Senior Managers and Coaches Forum at the stunning The Campus in Quinta do Lago.

“It is increasingly important for managers and coaches to expand their network, learn from their peers across Europe and better understand the challenges of coaching and management in different football cultures. This forum provided that opportunity to 35 individuals from across European football.

“Furthermore, high-performance coach education requires an inspirational environment. The Campus is an exceptional venue, which will support the future progression of the game for many years to come."

Quinta do Lago Chief Executive Sean Moriarty added: "It was fantastic to have the most highly respected names in football management and coaching here with us. With world-class sports training, education and rehabilitation, The Campus is the ideal venue for a gathering of great football minds.

“The feedback from the LMA has been really positive and we look forward to welcoming them back in the future."

The LMA's aim is for this event to become a regular fixture in the European football calendar in seasons to come.

To find out more about The Campus, please click here