M-SParc, Wales’ first dedicated science park, has been unveiled as home of the FAW Innovation Hub, launched at a special event at the Science Park on Thursday the 23rd of November 2023.
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 and by doing so contribute to the economic prosperity of the country.
By utilising science and technology to help solve challenges facing the modern game such as VAR, 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, who are already working in the Football sector, showcase their projects and their ground-breaking ideas directly to an FAW panel featuring Sophie Howe (Wales’s first ever Future Generations Commissioner), FAW Chief Executive Noel Money, and Welsh football legend Ian Rush. What better way to kick off the partnership than by starting innovation collaborations from day 0?
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