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Representatives from the German Football League’s (DFL) Fan Affairs department travelled to London back in April to attend a meeting of Premier League supporter liaison officers (SLOs).

Ben Kandler, who was also involved with SD Europe’s recent LIAISE workshop in Stockholm, and his colleague Eric Roda Gracia were in England for three days, and attended one of the Premier League’s regular SLO meetings as part of their schedule.

Both leagues made a presentation about their ongoing efforts around their respective SLO programmes,…

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Earlier this week UEFA published its 2016/17 FSR report, which alongside the fantastic work of fellow FSR partners also contains a review of SD Europe’s activities last season.

In addition, the report contains an overview of the entire five-year funding cycle and shows that it has been an incredibly busy few years for the organisation. Some highlights from the past five seasons include:

‘Heart of the Game’ position paper launched at the European Parliament, Brussels (2012)
Management of three separate European projects:…

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It has been an incredibly busy and exciting few weeks on the eastern coast of Spain, in particular for our Erasmus+ partners CAP Ciudad de Murcia!

The club revealed a plan for a new foundation and stadium project in March, and followed the announcement with promotion for both their women’s and men’s teams in the weeks since. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Having seen the men’s team suffer relegation last May, Ciudad de Murcia vowed to come back even stronger and what a…

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Supporters of second division Belgian side Lierse SK have come together in recent weeks to fundraise and raise awareness around the plight of their football club.

The Lier-based club had been up for sale for some months and with wages going unpaid, supporters group GeelZwart joined together with Yellow Black’s Army and the Lierse Supporters Association to create an initiative called Lierse voor Altijd.

It, in turn, aims to raise funds for specific projects including support of the youth academy, all…

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SD Europe took part in a conference on the ‘Socio’ membership model or member-run football clubs organised by the European Club Association (ECA) from April 10th to 11th in the beautiful Croatian city of Split.

Entitled ‘Socio’ Membership Structure: From strategy to implementation, management, and practice, the two-day event aimed to share best practice around the benefits and challenges of football clubs that operate with a membership structure.

Including many of the biggest clubs in European football – SL Benfica, FC Barcelona,…

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A blend of on-site visits, discussion panels, presentations and group work saw participants in our first LIAISE workshop develop a deeper understanding of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role from in April.

Representatives from the Erasmus+ project’s 10 partners and 11 additional organisations (from 12 countries) were involved in activities over a three-day training event in Stockholm, hosted by Svensk Elitfotbol (SEF) from April 15th to 17th. (See Partners)

The workshop followed on from the project’s opening meeting in Prague in March…

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La Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español (FASFE) took their campaign to improve democracy and supporter participation within Spanish football to their national parliament recently.

As part of the consultation process to draft a new Sports Law in Spain on April 20th, FASFE general secretary Emilio Abejón gave a 15-minute presentation entitled: “Participation and democracy in Spanish clubs: an integrative approach that enhances the social function of professional sports.”

Hoy hemos estado en el Parlamento representados por @FASFEaficion, con el…

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Establishing best practice around the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role will be the key objective of a three-day conference organised by SD Europe and Svensk Elitfotboll (SEF) from April 15 to 17.

LIAISE is a unique collaborative partnership that brings together supporters, football associations, football leagues, as well as stakeholders including Uefa and the EU Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts to drive the development of the SLO role over a two-year period. It is funded by the Erasmus+…

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The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme is a vital tool in improving good governance across grassroots sport in Europe, according to SD Europe CEO Antonia Hagemann.

Antonia made her comments while speaking as part of an expert panel on the topic of Promotion of European Values through sport at the recent 2018 EU Sport Forum.

The work being done by supporters at all levels of the game in football is significant and makes a vital contribution to European values and the principles of…

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A new training tool to support member-run football clubs, national supporters organisations, stakeholders interested in good governance and members of the general public is now available online.

Delivered as part of the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project, the training tool focuses on the three themes of the project:

Good Governance
Sustainable Finance
Member and Volunteer engagement

An accompanying workbook allows each participant to evaluate their own organisation under the key headings, while gaining an understanding of the main concepts…

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