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The decision was taken by a relevant FSF-appointed committee and was announced at the 2016 FSF Awards, held in December in London.

Earlier this year, Jonathan represented England at the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Malmo, together with ten of his European colleagues. Jonathan, who is also the Head of Supporter Services at Tottenham, has been the SLO of the club since the requirement was introduced by UEFA in 2012.

The final shortlist consisted of nine SLOs from six clubs; three Premier…

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After 2.5 years of campaigning, 15,000 hours of voluntary work, over 500 pages of written materials, 6,000 people on the streets in support, and over 50 boycotted home matches, supporters have spoken and NK Čelik Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will become a members-run football club in the coming months.
Behind this historic change is a citizens’ initiative by the name of Za Čelik, with the support of Robijaši 1988 Zenica, which has been calling for greater transparency at the football club for a number…

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Less than an hour’s flight apart, Cork City and FC United of Manchester have plenty in common. Strong community roots, a fierce sense of local identity and some of the most passionate football fans around…
Cork City welcomed FC United’s Community and Education Manager, Andy Cheshire, to Cork for the first of their exchange visits last October, and the return visit is now set for the weekend of February 4th and 5th – when the club will faces Austrian supporter-owned football club SV…

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The 2016 FIFPro Global Employment Report looks at the life of players in a way that has never been done before.

Towards the end of 2016, FIFPro released the findings of its first worldwide survey of working conditions in men’s professional football. The aim of the survey was to raise awareness around the realities faced by footballers – especially those who are not among the elite at the top of the sport – with a view to better understanding and improving…

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With the Swedish football season over for another year, the time was right for a delegation of supporter liaison officers (SLOs) to pay a visit to Germany to exchange experiences with and learn more about the work of their counterparts at two German clubs.

The visiting delegation was made up of SLOs from 12 Swedish clubs plus Madeleine Ödquist of the Swedish Football League (SEF), who organised the trip in association with SD Europe. While in Germany, the SLOs held meetings…

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Football’s power to affect change was rarely more evident in 2016 than at the Liberté Cup in Dunkirk, France back in September, and SD Europe was delighted to contribute in its own small way.
Hosted a stone’s throw away from La Liniere refugee camp – which housed over 800 men, women and children at the time – the tournament was organised by a host of organisations including Copa 90 and ITV Hub to highlight the plight of refugees across Europe and…

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Good financial practices are at the heart of every sustainable business and football clubs are no different as the partners involved in the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project heard, dissected and discussed last weekend.
Having enjoyed an extremely informative three days that focused on good governance earlier this year in Manchester, 11 project partners and invited guests from across Europe gathered in Malmö last weekend (November 25 – 26) to hear a variety of speakers present around the topic of…

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With representatives from 15 different countries in attendance, SD Europe held its very first AGM in Malmo, Sweden on Sunday (November 27th).

SD Europe formally became an independent, pan-European members organisation in September with the support of national supporter organisations across Europe as well as Uefa.

Members need to share the established beliefs and values of the existing European network, and alongside the seven national supporter organisations that subscribed to SD Europe’s constitution, five further members have now joined to represent their…

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The event will bring together member-run clubs, national supporters’ organisations, and members of the wider SD Europe network.

Over the weekend of November 25-27, partners and contributing organisations in the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project will gather in Malmö for the second of three workshops.

Hosted by project partners and newly crowned Allsvenskan champions Malmö FF, the workshop follows on from a successful launch event and first workshop, which took place in March and June of this year…

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Scotland is a hive of activity as far as the SLO work is concerned at the moment.

A Supporter Liaison Officer Development Day staged by SD Scotland at Bellshill on 14 July, which heard presentations from Lasse Bauer, lead SLO at Danish top-division club Brøndby IF, JP Taylor, SLO at Celtic, and SD Europe, was followed by an invitation to SD Europe to present at the Scottish Football Association Congress in late September.

The Congress was established in 2015 as part of…

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