The Club Managers Association of Europe joins FSPA

The Federation of Sports & Play Associations has announced that from January 1, 2009 it will be managing the membership and events administration for the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE).

The CMAE is a non-profit making professional association with members involved in the management of sports clubs, health and fitness clubs, leisure, city and dining clubs throughout Europe. It also operates as the pan-European ‘unifying’ organisation for a number of national professional associations for club managers and secretaries. CMAE provides a forum for the encouragement, development and recognition of education and professionalism in club management. Members are able to participate in educational programmes and obtain ‘Certified Club Manager’ status, recognised around the world as the benchmark qualification in club management.

Commenting on their new relationship, Jane Montgomery, managing director of FSPA, said: “Both the Federation and the CMAE are committed to promoting best practice and raising standards and there are many synergies between the two organisations. The Federation has been encouraging education, lobbying on legislative issues, providing networking opportunities and offering a range of benefits to members for 90 years. We look forward to using that experience and expertise to assist the CMAE in the future.”

Says Jerry Kilby, chief executive of the CMAE: “We are very much looking forward to working with Jane Montgomery and her team at FSPA. The CMAE has grown significantly since its inception in 2002 and our association with the Federation will support us in the next stage of our development as we endeavour to meet the needs of an evolving industry.”

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