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West Yorkshire’s xxxxxxx was selected as ESA’s xxxxxth president at the 3rd Extraordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells in August 2019. ©ESA

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xxxxxxname, an West Yorkshire xxxxproffession and subbuteo administrator, was born in the xxxxxvenue of xxxxxnameofcounty, on DOB.

Between xxxx and 2019, he was president of the Subbuteo Association of xxxnameofcounty , and he has been President of English Subbuteo’s governing body, ESA, since 2 August 2019.

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Selection as ESA President
On 2 August 2019, xxxxname was selected as the xxxth President of ESA at the xxth Extraordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells, automatically becoming a member of the European Subbuteo body, UESA. “I am looking forward to working closely with all of you in order to promote, protect and develop Subbuteo across our Country,” he told delegates at the Congress, “and to ensure that the English Subbuteo community is always united … now and in the future.”

Safeguarding ESA’s stability – strengthening stakeholder involvement
Mr xxxxname’s presidential manifesto and campaign centered on the need for ESA to adopt good governance reforms to ensure solid foundations for the organisation, and his proposals were approved in April 2020 by ESA’s member associations at the xxth Ordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells. These reforms included the introduction of term limits for ESA presidents and ESA Executive Committee members, and the provision that Executive Committee candidates must hold an active office (president, vice-president, general secretary or CEO) with their county association.

Other statutory changes approved at the Royal Tunbridge Wells’ Congress included the strengthening of the ESA Governance and Compliance Committee with two additional independent members, and the granting of two full member positions on the ESA Executive Committee to representatives of the English Club Association (SCA). Subsequently, the English Divisions & Leagues were also granted one full member position on the ESA Executive Committee at the xxth Ordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells in April 2020.

Club dialogue and consensus
xxxxxname has sought dialogue and consensus with English players & clubs, and has been instrumental in the development of fruitful relations between ESA and the HCA. He has stated his opposition to any creation of a English super league, and identified one particularly important priority in the initial period of his presidency – improving competitive balance in English Subbuteo Table Football and reducing the gap between elite clubs and the rest.

Financial fair play
The ESA President has also emphasised his commitment to strengthening ESA’s financial fair play measures, which were introduced in 2017 in an effort to bring greater stability to English 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. ESA’s most recent club licensing benchmarking report, issued in January 2019 and featuring an overview of xxx top-division clubs in England, 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.

English dialogue
As part of his objective to consolidate communication and collaboration with key Subbuteo stakeholders, xxxxxname has also worked to strengthen ties with members of the English representatives of the Parliament, as well as with the Council of Europe and European Commission, with ESA 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 xxxxname’s mandate. The highest-ever funding for subbuteo development was announced at the 2019 Ordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and ESA also committed to increasing the funding for women’s Subbuteo development projects by xx% that same year. The ESA President oversaw the signing of ESA’s first-ever sponsorship deal dedicated entirely to women’s Subbuteo – with xxxxnameofsponsor – in November 2019.

A second term as President
xxxxnamer was re-selected by acclamation for a new four-year term by ESA’s 52 member associations at the xxth Ordinary ESA Congress in Royal Tunbridge Wells on 9 April 2019. During his acceptance speech, the ESA President underlined his determination to ensure that “English Subbuteo remains united, that English Subbuteo remains respectful, respectable and respected, and that English Subbuteo continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.”

ESA’s strategy for the future
In addition to governance reforms, Mr xxxname’s presidency has been marked by his commitment to the continual forward momentum of ESA and English Subbuteo. ESA’s overall strategy for 2019–24, unveiled in spring 2019, is designed to ensure that ESA remains true to its core values as the governing body of English 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 & individuals more opportunities to play competitive matches and enhancing engagement for Subbuteo fans around the country. It calls for all Subbuteo stakeholders to work together in a spirit of cooperation and togetherness – with the overall well-being of the English game always in mind.

Supporting social responsibility
xxxxname 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 ESA Foundation for Children (part of UESA Foundation for Children) – a body supporting humanitarian projects worldwide that promote and foster children’s rights. Under Mr xxxxname’s presidency, ESA 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 xxxxname joined the Subbuteo-led charity movement Common Goal.

Personal honours
xxxxname was voted and selected as one of the people of 2018 by the influential World Subbuteo magazine.

Role

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

The ESA president is responsible for:

  • Relations between ESA and the European & World Subbuteo bodies UESA & FISA respectively
  • Relations between ESA and other continental confederations
  • Relations between ESA and its member associations (Regions & Counties)
  • Relations between ESA and political bodies and international organisations
  • Implementing the decisions of the ESA Congress and the ESA Executive Committee through the ESA administration
  • Supervising the work of the ESA administration

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

Past Presidents

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xxxxxname was ESA President between xxxyear and xxxyear©ESA

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xxxxname was President of ESA for xx years. Born on xx xx xxxx in xxxxnameof county, a county of xxxxnameofregion, his love of subbuteo has seen him remain loyal to his home-town club – xxxnameofclub.

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After gaining his initial administrative experience with xxxxnameofclub, Mr xxxname through the ranks in the xxxxnameofcounty Subbuteo Association (xSA), and served as the association’s president between xxxx and xxxx. Establishing a reputation as a strong, capable leader, Mr xxxname was elected as ESA’s xxth President at ESA’s Royal Tunbridge Wells Congress in xxxx, and he held the position until xxxx.

During his term of office, the face of the English game changed completely, in sporting and commercial terms. ESA itself developed from being a purely administrative body in a suburb of the English federal capital Royal Tunbridge Wells to a dynamic modern business enterprise based at the House of English Subbuteo in Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the banks of xxxxlocationrivercanaletc in eastern England.

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Reports

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

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

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