Football Association of Wales and M-SParc kick off Innovation Hub Partnership
M-SParc, Wales’ first dedicated science park, has been unveiled as home of the FAW Innovation Hub, on Ynys Mon.
The Hub will be the centre for research and development for football innovation in Wales, creating opportunities for businesses and academics from across Wales to tackle some of the challenges that face the game.
The aim is to innovate in the field, using local solutions to global football problems. By utilising science and technology to help solve challenges facing the modern game such as pitch conditions, carbon & energy issues, concussion protocols and emerging fields such as esports, where the very best gamers compete virtually, the partnership aims for Wales to become world-leaders in football innovation.
The launch profiled a number of innovative M-SParc based companies, already operating in the football sector, showcasing their projects and ground-breaking ideas to an FAW panel featuring Ian Rush, Wales’ first Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe and FAW Chief Executive Noel Money.
“We will now be able to take challenges from all over the world and bring them to the brilliant minds at M-SParc, in Ynys Mon, Gogledd Cymru, and work with them to find solutions. We see it as a win win.”Noel Mooney, FAW Chief Executive
“I’m delighted to launch this exciting initiative today and to partner with the Football Association to surface challenges that the games face in Wales and identify the opportunities to develop innovative responses to those challenges here in Wales.”Pryderi ap Rhisiart, M-SParc Managing Director
Source and photo credits: Football Association of Wales