Emma Sykes

Emma Sykes has been working in European football for over 10 years and is currently UEFA’s senior women’s football development manager. 

Specialising in football development, Emma leads development projects and stakeholder relations across Europe with the aim to increase participation and professionalisation in the women’s game. This includes UEFA’s first women’s football strategy TimeforAction, funding programmes to UEFA member associations, UEFA’s first girls only grassroots programme (UEFA PlayMakers inspired by Disney), research to develop the business case for women’s football and numerous other projects that support professional women’s football and competition development. 

Emma has also contributed to the onsite delivery of UEFA Euro 2016, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. 

Emma is a current participant of the MESGO programme (Executive Masters in Sports Governance) and holds a BSc in Geography and LLB in Law.