It is a pleasure for the Stirling Foundation to have hosted a delegation from the Iraq-Kurdish Football Association in the UK for ten days. Being the “home of football”, the objective was to introduce the delegation to the founding organisations in world football and open the doors to “ensure that the game continues to develop in the right way in Northern Iraq”, as stated by Tim Fisher. Discussions focussed primarily on the organisation, governance and community engagement in sport. The trip also coincided with the IBBC conference entitled “Sustaining Iraq’s Economic Growth”. We believe that this will be a great step in the right direction for introducing Iraqi-Kurdish football to a world-wide audience and we at Stirling education hope to extend our strong ties and government links to football in Iraq.