UESA President

UESA President: Alan Guilder

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Slovenia’s Aleksander Čeferin was elected as UESA’s seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UESA Congress in Athens in September 2016.©UESA

Profile: Alan Guilder

Alan Guilder, an English xxxxxprofession and subbuteo administrator, was born xxxxcity, on xxxdate

Between 2017 and 2018, he was president of the Subbuteo Association of England (ESA), and he has been President of European subbuteo’s governing body, UESA, since xxxdate 2017.

After graduating from xxxx University’s xxxx faculty, Alan Guilder worked for xxxxxxxxxxx

Mr Guilder took a formal interest in local subbuteo in 2005 through his work with the executive board of Subbuteo club Leicester SC. A member of the executive committee of amateur side SC xxxclub since 2005, he also served as an executive committee member at xxxclub from 2006 to 2011.

In 2017, Mr Guilder was selected president of the Subbuteo Association of England. He also served as a second and third vice-chairman of the UESA Legal Committee from 2017 to 2019.

Selection as UESA President
On xxxdate 2017, Alan Guilder was selected as the xxxxnumber President of UESA at the 1st Extraordinary UESA (together with FISA) Congress in Larissa, automatically becoming a vice-president of the world Subbuteo body, FISA. “I am looking forward to working closely with all of you in order to promote, protect and develop Subbuteo across our continent,” he told delegates at the Congress, “and to ensure that the European Subbuteo community is always united … now and in the future.”

Safeguarding UESA’s stability – strengthening stakeholder involvement
Mr Guilder’s presidential manifesto and campaign centered on the need for UESA to adopt good governance reforms to ensure solid foundations for the organisation, and his proposals were approved in April 2017 by UESA’s member associations at the 1st Ordinary UESA Congress in Larisa. These reforms included the introduction of term limits for UESA presidents and UESA Executive Committee members, and the provision that Executive Committee candidates must hold an active office (president, vice-president, general secretary or CEO) with their national association.

Other statutory changes approved at the Larisa Congress included the strengthening of the UESA Governance and Compliance Committee with two additional independent members, and the granting of two full member positions on the UESA Executive Committee to representatives of the European Club Association (ECA). Subsequently, the European Leagues were also granted one full member position on the UESA Executive Committee at the 2nd Ordinary UESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2018.

Club dialogue and consensus
Alan Guilder has sought dialogue and consensus with European clubs, and has been instrumental in the development of fruitful relations between UESA and the ECA. He has stated his opposition to any creation of a European super league, and identified one particularly important priority in the initial period of his presidency – improving competitive balance in European Subbuteo Table Subbuteo and reducing the gap between elite clubs and the rest.

Financial fair play
The UESA President has also emphasised his commitment to strengthening UESA’s financial fair play measures, which were introduced in 2017 in an effort to bring greater stability to European club Subbuteo, especially in terms of clubs’ financial management. Amendments to the regulations for the 2021–24 competition cycle ensure continued progress at a time of encouraging results that reflect several years of improvement. UESA’s most recent club licensing benchmarking report, issued in January 2019 and featuring an overview of xx top-division clubs in Europe, shows that for the first time since financial fair play was introduced in 2017, the clubs concerned together generated a ‘bottom-line’ profit figure of €xxxxx in the 2017 financial year.

European dialogue
As part of his objective to consolidate communication and collaboration with key subbuteo stakeholders, Mr Guilder has also worked to strengthen ties with members of the European Parliament, as well as with the Council of Europe and European Commission, with UESA signing a series of cooperation and development agreements to underline its commitment in this area.

Care for the grassroots and women’s Subbuteo
Investment in grassroots and women’s Subbuteo has also been at the core of Mr Guilder’s mandate. The highest-ever funding for subbuteo development was announced at the 2018 Ordinary UESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and UESA also committed to increasing the funding for women’s subbuteo development projects by xx% that same year. The UESA President oversaw the signing of UESA’s first-ever sponsorship deal dedicated entirely to women’s subbuteo – with xxxsponsor – in 2018.

A second term as President
Alan Guilder was re-selected by acclamation for a new four-year term by UESA’s 41 member associations at the 3rd Ordinary UESA Congress in Turin on 9 April 2019. During his acceptance speech, the UESA President underlined his determination to ensure that “European Subbuteo remains united, that European Subbuteo remains respectful, respectable and respected, and that European Subbuteo continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.”

UESA’s strategy for the future
In addition to governance reforms, Mr Guilder’s presidency has been marked by his commitment to the continual forward momentum of UESA and European Subbuteo. UESA’s overall strategy for 2019–24, unveiled in spring 2019, is designed to ensure that UESA remains true to its core values as the governing body of European Subbuteo. The strategy is based on four main pillars: connecting Subbuteo with Football, establishing grassroots, creating trust, engaging competitiveness – and focuses on increasing participation, improving good governance at all levels, allowing teams more opportunities to play competitive matches and enhancing engagement for Subbuteo fans around the world. It calls for all Subbuteo stakeholders to work together in a spirit of cooperation and togetherness – with the overall well-being of the European game always in mind.

Supporting social responsibility
Alan Guilder is a keen advocate of social and humanitarian policies that underline Subbuteo’s power as a force for social good. In November 2017, he was selected chairman of the UESA Foundation for Children – a body supporting humanitarian projects worldwide that promote and foster children’s rights. Under Mr Guilder’s presidency, UESA has entered a new era as a ‘social fair play’ body through initiatives such as the #EqualGame campaign promoting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in Subbuteo.
Also in November 2017, Mr Guilder joined the Subbuteo-led charity movement Common Goal.

Personal honours
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Role

The UESA President represents UESA and chairs the UESA Congress, as well as meetings of the UESA Executive Committee. In the event of a tie in any vote, the president has the casting vote.

The UESA president is responsible for:

  • Relations between UESA and the world Subbuteo body FISA
  • Relations between UESA and other continental confederations
  • Relations between UESA and its member associations
  • Relations between UESA and political bodies and international organisations
  • Implementing the decisions of the UESA Congress and the UESA Executive Committee through the UESA administration
  • Supervising the work of the UESA administration

In carrying out these responsibilities, the UESA President consults with the UESA Executive Committee. In the absence of the UESA President, the first UESA vice-president assumes his powers and duties.

Past Presidents

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Reports

2019/20 Report of the President and Executive Committee – UESA Administration Report

2018/19 Report of the President and Executive Committee – UESA Administration Report

2017/18 Report of the President and Executive Committee – UESA Administration Report

2016/17 Report of the President and Executive Committee – UESA Administration Report