Josoor Institute facilitates two-day workshop for venue managers

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), in collaboration with UEFA and the Josoor Institute, recently organised a two-day workshop to find out lessons learned from the UEFA European Championships 2020, which took place earlier this year.

Senior venue managers and other employees from the SC attended the workshop in order to find out key learnings from the tournament, which was won by Italy. On day one, teams from the various entities shared facts and challenges about the venues they manage, including information about running stadiums during a pandemic.

The second day was devoted to scenario planning based on real-life experiences that unfolded during Euro 2020 and may similarly impact the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Jassim al-Jassim, Venue Management Director, SC, said: “It was great to connect, learn and collaborate with an amazing group of colleagues and friends from the SC and UEFA, all committed to knowledge sharing, discussing scenarios and generally sustaining an open dialogue on key innovations and challenges in venue management as we approach upcoming tournaments, including the FIFA Arab Cup and FIFA World Cup.”

Martin Kallen, CEO of UEFA Events SA, said: “It is so important for UEFA to share our experiences with other organisers of major sporting events. This is how we all learn and improve the quality of our tournaments for all those involved. It was very valuable to discuss our learnings with the SC and to bring together so many dedicated experts in their fields from both UEFA and the SC. I hope to continue these beneficial exchanges with the SC in the future.”

The Josoor Institute – a Qatar 2022 legacy programme which aims to ensure the knowledge gained from hosting the FIFA World Cup is passed to the next generation of sports and events professionals – helped facilitate the workshop.

“As a legacy platform for learning and harnessing professional networks in sport and major events management, the Josoor Institute proudly agreed to support the organisation of such an important workshop and the intense best practice sharing participants experienced,” said Afraa Al Noaimi, Executive Director of the Josoor Institute. “My colleagues and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our SC colleagues and UEFA in future.”

Venue managers will have an opportunity to apply the lessons learned during the FIFA Arab Cup, which will take place in Qatar from 30 November to 18 December.