Designed to accelerate your career into executive leadership.

The Executive Accelerator will help you navigate the critical transition from successful professional to strategic leader in an immersive week based at the Etihad.

The sport industry is continually transforming, influenced by everything from the development of new technologies to climate change. Decision makers and shapers of this industry need to be skilled in leading with purpose and thorough complexity.

Throughout this course, delegates will be immersed in the principles of leadership from a variety of different perspectives, and will emerge with amplified understanding of their own leadership style, and strengths, and a renewed awareness of their impact on others, their organisation, and wider society.

From a foundation of personal reflection, the curriculum will explore principles for developing individual talent and diverse teams and thinking, and how to motivate and foster high-impact workplace cultures. It will expose the vital role of leadership when developing a global business strategy and contrast that against the backdrop of social responsibility, in particular in the context of climate change and environmental sustainability.

From the individual to the collective, participants will develop fresh perspectives on guiding high-performing organisations whilst making the most of the opportunity to refine their personal strengths and expand their global network.


  • An expanded self-awareness of your personal leadership style from coaching feedback and Hogan™ self-assessment test.
  • New tools and techniques to enhance your impact and efficiency within your own organisation or industry.
  • A global network of career contacts from your course peers and lecturers.
  • Case studies and learnings from City Football Group and other business leaders to apply to your own business planning and delivery.
  • Personal impact plans developed throughout the week to use as a roadmap to put your learning into action after the course.
  • Skills to develop a forward-thinking culture within your own team and organisation.
  • Understanding of how to cascade your learnings to colleagues and positively influence change within your organisation.

The programme includes all sessions, resources, a Hogan™ self-assessment test, personalised coaching map, refreshments, lunch on all days, networking dinner on Day 2, private tour of the Etihad stadium, and a general admission ticket to Manchester City vs Arsenal on 26 April.

Excludes: accommodation, non-scheduled meals, transport to/from the Etihad campus.


The Executive Accelerator programme will bring together an accomplished group of motivated and talented professionals hailing from a diverse array of backgrounds. The programme has a limited number of openings and candidates are asked to complete an application that includes a professional reference, resume, and brief personal statement. If accepted, a £3000 deposit will be required to reserve a space in the programme.

Course Leader

Matthew Radley – Course Leader and Certified Executive Coach
At Matthew Radley & Associates, we take a systemic approach to Professional Coaching, creating time and space for people to focus on their wellbeing and resilience, raise their levels of self-awareness, increase their internal confidence, and inspire their teams through the quality of their leadership. Our point of difference is the quality of our coaches and proven impact of our programmes – every one of our coaches holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching, is aligned to the ICF or EMCC, holds licensed practitioner status for MBTI and EQi2.0/360, is Mental Health First Aid qualified, applies the MRA Safeguarding Policy, invests in robust Supervision and CPD, and is fully insured.

Participating Faculty

Ferran Soriano – Chief Executive Officer, City Football Group
Born in Barcelona, Ferran has more than thirty years of business experience in twenty countries, in the industries of consumer goods, telecommunications, aviation and football. Holding executive positions, developing consulting projects, developing entrepreneurial ventures and investing. Since 2012 he has been the CEO of City Football Group. Ferran is also an author of a book published in more than ten countries and languages – Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go In By Chance.

Roel de Vries – Group Chief Operating Officer, City Football Group
Roel is Group Chief Operating Officer at City Football Group and is responsible for the leadership and coordination of club business operations for all ten clubs at City Football Group.

He was born and educated in the Netherlands and prior to joining City Football Group, has worked in various global executive positions over the last twenty five years, including Nissan Motor Corporation gaining partnerships with the UEFA Champions league, the Rio Olympics, the International Cricket Board, the NBA in China and most notably a partnership with Usain Bolt.

Nuria Tarre – Chief Marketing & Fan Experience Officer, City Football Group
Nuria is Chief Marketing & Fan Experience Officer and joined the City Football Group in November 2015. Her role encompasses Content and Digital platforms, Fan Relationship Management (FRM), Fan Data and Insights, Retail and Brand. Nuria joined CFG after nineteen years of experience in the telecommunications, aviation and tourism and leisure industries. Her previous position was as CEO of the biggest ski resort in the Pyrenees, Grandvalira.

Omar Berrada – Chief Football Transactions Officer, City Football Group
Omar is Chief Football Operations Officer at City Football Group overseeing talent management, performance services, and football intelligence for the Group.

Prior to this Omar was Chief Operating Officer of Manchester City Football Club, having been promoted in September 2016 from Commercial Director for City Football Marketing.

Omar also worked at FC Barcelona for almost eight years, as a Senior Media Business Development Manager and as the Head of Sponsorship, during a very successful era for the Catalan club. Omar’s expertise in football operations, sponsorship and media rights reflects over 18 years of senior-level experience in the sports industry and five years in the telecommunications sector.

Andy Etches
Andy is the Co-Founder and Sports Director for Rezzil, market leading VR training and cognitive development tool for elite football, installed in many top-tier football clubs. He has worked in sport for over ten years now, doing a wide range of roles related to data, analysis and performance. Andy’s career and knowledge took a real boost whilst working with Manchester City under Pellegrini’s title win in 2014.

More faculty to be announced shortly.

  • Early Booking Rate
    Full Price
    If application submitted by 1 March.
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  • Date
    24 April 2023–
    28 April 2023
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Type
  • Division
  • Location
    Manchester, UK
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