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Motherwell Granted ECA Membership

Tue 25th Jun 2013 | Football Governance

Motherwell Football Club have been granted associate membership of the European Club Association (ECA) today.

Chief Executive, 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.

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 recognised 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.

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.”

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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