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The 2018 Joe Perdue Bursary is open to applicants today!

This year the Joe Perdue Bursary will provide 3 awards to 3 worthy candidates.

The 1st Bursary will cover the cost (up to £1,800) of attendance at the next CMAA World Conference, to be held from 24 – 28 February 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

This award will cover all travel and accommodation, plus subsistence expenses. It is open to members already on CMAE’s Management Development Programme (MDP), as World Conference is one of the key criteria necessary to take the globally recognized Certified Club Manager (CCM) exam.

In addition, two Bursaries will be awarded to cover the costs (up to £1600 each) of attending a CMAE MDP course in the 2018/19 Academic Year. These awards are open to all members of CMAE, its Affiliated Organisations and Alliance Partners, who want to experience the renowned MDP pathway for themselves and gain invaluable skills, knowledge and networking to accelerate their professional development.

If you believe you could be a worthy recipient of the Bursaries available this year, then please apply, using the application form below.

The closing date for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 1st August 2018.

All applications will be reviewed by the Board of the European Club Education Foundation (ECEF), and the winner will be announced by 31st August this year.

Last years winners were:- Margarita Pospeshnaya (Russia), Helena Santos (Portugal) and Mary-Lou Watkins (Scotland).

CMAA’s World Conference is a renowned annual 4-day residential conference with over 150 educational sessions, covering all 10 competencies for a Club Manager, offered together with global networking opportunities. Its’ the best Club management conference in the world.

CMAE’s MDP Courses consist of MDP Parts 1 and 2, MDP Golf, MDP Food & Beverage and MDP Strategy and Leadership. It’s the leading club management educational programme.

Any person in Club management interested in applying for either of these bursaries, who want more information, should contact CMAE Director of Education Torbjorn Johansson or Debbie Goddard, Association Manager on [email protected] / [email protected]

* Joe Perdue, R.I.P. 

Since 1986, Joe Perdue had served as Academic Advisor for CMAA. He was responsible for the initial development of CMAA’s Business Management Institute (BMI) Education Pathway in the US, and subsequently China, South Africa, Europe and Canada. Joe also developed the CCM, a qualification globally recognized as the benchmark of excellence in Club Management.

Here in Europe, Joe was a founder member of the CMAE Education Policy Board, where, thanks to his vision and generosity and that of CMAA, he enabled the development of our own CCM qualification, together with the CMAE MDP Pathway.

It is true to say: “No Joe Perdue, no MDP” and therefore CMAE decided to commemorate Joe’s wonderful commitment to education and his invaluable legacy in Europe, the Management Development Programme, by an annual Bursary programme, administered through ECEF.

The application process for the Joe Perdue Bursary is subject to the guidelines below.

  1. Nominees must be a member of CMAE or one of CMAE’s regions or Affiliate Organisations
  2. The completed application form must be sent to CMAE Director of Education, Torbjorn Johansson,, for verification of the nominee(s) membership credentials. All nominees will be notified of receipt of their application by CMAE.
  3. Once verified, the original application forms will be forwarded to Nigel Cartwright, CEO of the European Club Education Foundation (ECEF) who will arrange for the Award Panel* to meet, consider all verified applications and decide upon the 3 most worthy recipients.
  4. The closing date for 2018/19 term applications is 1st August 2018.
  5. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.
  6. The review panel will announce its decision by 31st August and its decision shall be final.
  7. All applicants will be informed of the decision of the review panel.
  8. The successful nominees will be required to attend either CMAA’s 2019 World Conference or the MDP course chosen (2018/9 Academic Year) and passing the course test. They will each be asked to write a 500-word report on their experience within 30 days of attending the World Conference or completing the MDP course.

*The ECEF Award Panel is chaired by Nigel Cartwright, CEO, plus a minimum of two of the Directors of ECEF:  James Burns CCM, Marc Newey CCM CCE, Peter Owen or Andrew Brown.