Dubai Sports Council in cooperation with MBRPLD announce launch of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership Development

Published June 11th, 2008 - 02:45 GMT

Dubai Sports Council in cooperation with MBRPLD announce launch of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership Development

Program represents an important step towards taking UAE’s sports sector to global standards

Dubai Sports Council in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development (MBRPLD), an innovative leadership program designed to develop future national leaders capable of promoting the sustainable development of Dubai, today (Wednesday, June 11, 2008) announced at a press conference, the launch of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership Development (HBMPSLD). At the press conference – held at Raffles Dubai Hotel - MBRPLD also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Sports Council to design and manage the new program.  
The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership Development, initiated by H.H. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, is a unique leadership program designed to develop future national leaders by integrating sports’ values and ethics. The program has been developed based on an approach that aims to achieve all-round development of an individual so as to aid in the formation of visionary leaders who can play a major role in the process of comprehensive sports development.
The launch of this program is considered as a milestone for Dubai Sports Council, which, since its establishment in 2005, has made significant strides in the field of regulating and developing the administrative work at sports clubs.
Speaking at the press conference, Eng. Mattar Al Tayer, Vice President of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Executive Office of Dubai Sports Council, said, “The launch of this innovative sports leadership program in Dubai is a reflection of the emirate’s progressive approach to excellence. Building a productive sport society is vital for the all-round development of Dubai, leveraging the emirate’s position as one of the prime business, tourism and leisure destinations of the world.”         
The key objectives of the HBMPSLD include ensuring a long-term systematised leadership development in sports; initiating changes for a progressive and productive sport society under the ‘Change Agents Program’; convening an elite group of sports leaders to help participants in the program benefit from their experiences; sharing insights about individual leadership styles and values; and helping Dubai Government to successfully implement the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

During the press conference, Adel Al Shared, Director of Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development, provided an overview of the HBMPSLD, highlighting the modules, structure and strategies of the program. “The HBMPSLD is a comprehensive sports leadership development program that is designed to create sports leaders of international repute. The program incorporates various elements of management, leadership, sports and communication that are required to provide a well-rounded perspective to future leaders.”

“The program is a golden opportunity for members to achieve personal development and hone their skills through comprehensive and innovative means in the field of sports training. The program addresses topics such as effective communication, community building, sports in Dubai and the UAE, Dubai Sports Strategy, project finance, cross sector support, master planning, role of the government, leading change management, international sport structure, strategic management of sport and organisational design,” he added.      

Dr. Ahmed Alshareef, General Secretariat of Dubai Sports Council, said, “This program will help realize the first goal according to the strategic plan of Dubai Sports Council, which states the launch of an initiative for developing and qualifying administrative and technical staff in sports clubs. Dubai Sports Council has launched many pioneering initiatives including the Dubai International Sports Conference which successfully completed its third year. Regarding the organizational aspects, the Council has introduced the strategic plan, the unified organisational structure and the unified financial system for all clubs. This program affirms the scientific methodology adopted by the Council for developing the abilities of nationals, in order to be able to effectively handle responsibilities as they assume various roles.”

The HBMPSLD will adopt a combination of strategies that include sharing of international best practices and experiences, in addition to studies and projects related to local sports and culture in the UAE, in accordance with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

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