It is impossible to get away from the fact that football is competitive both on the pitch and off it, from results, to commercial aspects, and as such inter club disputes often arise.
On many occasions, the clubs in dispute need to reach a resolution as quickly as possible to avoid damage to business aspects of the club and also avoid distractions that could negatively affect team affairs and ultimately put them at a competitive disadvantage.
With the increasing lucrative world in which football clubs operate, not only do clubs at the top level of the game have inhouse legal teams and inhouse council to advise on legal matters, but so do an increasing number of clubs lower down the leagues.
As such mediation could provide a rapid and cost-effective alternative for clubs involved in such disputes, with club legal officials able to act as the disputants but also assist with legal advice in formulating an agreement with the assistance of an independent mediator.
Sentinel mediators are all recognised and qualified through the CMC (Civil Mediation Council) and/or the IMI (International Mediation Institute). This ensures mediators undertake CPD, follow established standards and employ a recognised complaints procedure.
In addition to this, Sentinel mediators have past experience in a variety of practical roles within football whether it be as club officials, agents, players or as officers of football related associations and bodies.
Given the nature of football in terms of its competitive (both on the pitch and off it) and increasingly lucrative nature; the grounds for disputes have grown as has the sport (and the industry).
Whilst disputes in football have grown in number, value and complexity; the means for resolving such disputes have arguably failed to develop in capacity at the same pace.
Through mediation, Sentinel are able to offer football participants a cost-effective, quick, impartial and confidential means to resolve their football disputes. In addition to this there is no winner and loser in mediation, we like to think of it as a ‘mutually beneficial draw in the group, stages allowing both teams to be content with a place in the next round’.