Meeting UEFA’s objectives to promote, protect and develop football across Europe is assisted enormously by the cultural diversity of its people.
Blending so many nationalities together (38 at the last count) ensures a dynamic and knowledge-based environment, where the diverse mix of languages aids communication.
English, French and German are the three official languages of UEFA, with English the ‘lingua franca’, but the diversity does not finish there, with Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian featuring prominently.
Recognising the importance of that linguistic diversity and the cultural understanding that languages promote, UEFA invests in classes for employees, giving non-French speakers the tools to learn the local language to help their integration into life in and around Nyon, and everyone the opportunity to learn other languages that can help with their daily work.
For events and competitions, the breaking down of communication barriers is particularly vital. Making decisions in challenging situations is much easier when everyone involved speaks the same language, retaining credibility and image in the process. Making linguistic skills one of the key components of certain UEFA assignments is therefore essential to the smooth running of those events and competitions.
The language blend assists communication with UEFA’s stakeholders and that diversity also benefits the organisation’s own planning, for the benefit of European football.
If a role working within such a wonderfully diverse organisation appeals to you, check out the employment opportunities at UEFA today.