ECEF awards Joe Perdue bursaries for 2024

The European Club Education Foundation have awarded their annual Joe Perdue Bursary for the 2024/25 season.  

The Bursaries were awarded to cover the costs of attending the CMAA World Conference in Las Vegas on 4-8 March 2024 and to attend MDP 3 Strategy and Leadership in either 2024 or 2025

The successful recipients for the MDP 3 bursary were Tamas Revesz who attended the recent MDP 3 in Budapest and Gracie Beynon who will receive a part bursary to attend the course later in 2024.

The World Conference bursary was awarded to Pete Brunning and a part bursary awarded to Paul Baker.

The Joe Perdue Bursary was established in 2015 in memory of CMAA’s Joe Perdue, the pioneer of club management education in Europe, and who was instrumental in assisting CMAE to establish the extremely popular Management Development Programmes.

On receiving his bursary award, Tamas said: “We have had a fantastic 5 days. The energizing and motivating presentations not only made me understand the importance of working on myself to help my colleagues achieve personal success and happiness, and thereby create a better world, but also gave me concrete tools to achieve these goals. I found the practical exercises with my peers particularly useful, which gave me an understanding and insight into the key drivers of strategy and leadership.

I would like to thank Torbjörn Johansson and his team for their dedication and effort, as well as the support of CMAE and ECEF. I am proud to be a member of CMAE’s Family.”

Pete Brunning commented “Wow, what an absolutely fantastic email to receive. I am so honoured to receive the Joe Purdue Bursary to attend CMAA World Conference and continue my path towards achieving CCM status. The CMAE education pathway has been extremely beneficial to me in developing into the manager and leader I want to be. I hope my educational development with CMAE, and subsequent achievements, reflect well on Joe’s legacy.

The opportunity to further expand both my knowledge and my network at World Conference is an opportunity I didn’t think I would get. I am incredibly grateful to the ECEF Board and I will make the most of this most precious gift, in memory of Joe Perdue. Thank You.”

Gracie Beynon also commented “I am so pleased to have been awarded one of the Joe Perdue bursaries this year.  I’m really looking forward to furthering my education by attending MDP 3, engaging with the excellent speakers and like-minded individuals from the industry.  Obviously the potential to attend the course in Portugal is an added bonus!  My grateful thanks to the ECEF officials for the opportunity. “

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Tamas Revesz

Pete Brunning

Gracie Beynon