EMMAA begin talks with Sport England

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As part of ongoing work to become recognised as the national governing body (NGB) of MMA in England, EMMAA President Marc Goddard and Head of Performance and Development Paul Reed have begun talks with Sport England. The discussions with the non-governmental agency which supports sport from grassroots upwards, has helped create a development road map for EMMAA.

Marc Goddard and Paul Reed met with Sport England’s Executive Director of Sport, Phil Smith. He oversees the funding distributed to help NGBs and works with them to achieve sustainable growth and success.

EMMAA President Marc Goddard commented: “Our initial talks with Sport England have been very positive and productive.

“They have helped us make further progress towards becoming the recognised national governing body for MMA.

“We look forward to continuing the discussions and our work to strengthen EMMMA as an organisation.”

Goddard added: “Increasing the number of people participating in sport and maximising international and domestic success are among Sport England’s objectives and we share those aims for mixed martial arts in England.”

In a significant related development, the English Mixed Martial Arts Association has recently formed a rules and regulatory committee to strengthen its management structures, enhance technical standards and increase the benefits it can deliver to the sport at all levels.  Click here for full article

And the EMMAA National Amateur Invitational tournament this Autumn. The event will be staged as part of the Arnold’ Sports Festival at Birmingham’s NEC (between 1 and 3 October, 2021). It will be used as part of the England Youth team selection process, for the 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships. For more information click here

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