The work to update the IFF Strategy for 2021 – 2032 reached the next step when the IFF Strategy Task Force held its first meeting on Monday, October 21st, via Skype.  The Strategy Task Force went through the material that the IFF had received from the reference group and also started planning for the content to be presented and discussed at the IFF Associations’ Meeting on December 14th – 15th in Neuchatel.

The process of renewing the IFF Strategy for 2021-2032 started in June 2019 when the IFF sent out an initial questionnaire to around 40 persons representing different fields of the floorball community. Some additional representatives were included from outside of the floorball family in order to collect input from a broad reference group. The IFF received the input from a little over 20 persons.

In September, the IFF Central Board (CB) appointed the Strategy Task Force consisting of IFF CB members, Member Association representatives, other stakeholders and the IFF office. The Strategy Task Force consists of: the chair Mr. Stephen King from Australia,  Ms. Kaarina Salomaa from Finland,  Mr. Filip Suman from Czech Republic, Mr. Junoh Lee, the Athlete representative from Korea, Ms. Helèn Wiklund Wårell from Sweden and Mr. Michael Zoss from Switzerland. From the IFF office Mrs. Merita Bruun and Mr. John Liljelund are also members of the Task Force.

The Strategy Task Force members discussed and evaluated the presentation, prepared by the IFF office, including an analysis of the reference group input. The Task Force members were also asked to add more input to the presentation and to reflect on the global trends affecting the future of sport and the development of floorball.

– It was pleasing to start the Strategy Task Force process with our first meeting. The members of the Task Force are clear in their determination to produce and manage a process to get the most involvement from our member stakeholders and others into the future of Floorball. I look forward to the process continuing and all member countries being active at the Associations meeting in December with their input into the strategic future of floorball, Mr. Stephen King, the Chair of the Strategy Task Force (in photo), comments.

The aim with the strategy process is to create a more operational strategy for the whole floorball community. The focus will be on setting the future direction for the IFF and to specify the main objectives that are needed in order to grow and develop the sport on the local, national and international level.

The IFF ExCo will act as a Steering Group for the process keeping it on track. The Task Force will have its second meeting in November 2019 and make two preliminary submissions to the Floorball Community, with the first version in April 2020 and the second in August in 2020. The IFF strategy will also be on the agenda of the IFF Associations Meeting in December. The IFF CB will then prepare the final version of the IFF Strategy for the IFF General Assembly by the end of September 2020.

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