Leading from the front

Leading from the front

The Burnley FC Leadership Programme kicked off at Turf Moor last week, with over 40 people attending the first session.

In the first of a series of eight workshops to be delivered throughout 2019, business leaders, local school employees and staff from Burnley FC in the Community joined together for a session on ‘Creating Winning Teams’.

Funded by Premier League Communities, the Leadership Programme has been organised by Burnley FC in the Community following demand from numerous stakeholders. Designed for both current and future leaders, the sessions allow attendees to share best practice, provoke discussion and inspire future learning.

All sessions are free of charge to Friends of Burnley FC in the Community businesses, partner schools and all local third sector organisations. The sessions take place on a monthly basis at Turf Moor from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Leadership coach and author Phil Merrick delivers the keynote at each session, summarising research and using sporting scenarios of leadership as examples. The opening session, ‘Creating Winning Teams’, focussed on what it takes to build a winning team.

The inaugural evening was opened by Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer Neil Hart. Neil shared the values and mission of the now multiple-award winning official charity of Burnley FC, providing insight into how he has expanded the organisation from two members of staff to one that now employs over 100 people in just four short years.

The session was closed with a taster of what Session Two will offer, as marathon man-of-the-moment Scott Cunliffe discussed his approach to mindset in relation to his RunAway challenge. Scott is on a mission to run to every Burnley away game this season, covering a distance of 3000 miles. Scott shared some of his motivations, his coping strategies and how his mindset is critical to completing the challenge.

For the February session, Phil will again lead the evening, with a deeper focus on the concept of mindset. The session will also welcome former Lanway Managing Director Andrew Henderson to discuss the topic of strategy.

During his time at Lanway, Andrew grew turnover from £12m to £25m and, in his 21-year career to-date, by his own admission, there have been many highs and lows. Andrew will show how mistakes have been a hugely valuable source of personal learning and share a strategy planning method developed through personal experience.

Places are still available for the Thursday 14th February session on ‘Mindset’, taking place from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Turf Moor.

You can book your place here: https://bookonline.burnleyfccommunity.org/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=262208

If you qualify for a free place, please contact r.bradley@burnleyfc.com for your discount code.