With three rounds of their season still remaining, member-owned club US Fasano has secured promotion from 6th tier (Promozione) to 5th tier (Eccellenza) in Italy.

The club was first founded in 1964 as Associazione Sportiva Fasano, but folded in 2010 and then reformed as US Fasano in 2011.

The trust, Il Fasano Siamo Noi, was established in January 2016 and took over the club in March the same year. This is the second year in a row US Fasano has gained promotion.

SD Europe are happy to congratulate…

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SD Europe was invited to and attended the European Union’s annual Sports Forum last week (March 8th / 9th). The event was held in the beautiful town of Saint Julian’s in Malta.

Such events are excellent opportunities to meet and network with the hundreds of people involved in sporting organisations across Europe and further afield, and also to gain insight into specific sport-related topics and areas of interest.

Following opening remarks from Petra Kammerevert, chair of the CULT committee in the European…

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On International Women’s day, March 8th, the Swedish Alliance for Women in Sport (SAFWIS) hosted their first annual sports gala. Among speakers were the Minister of Sports, Gabriel Wikström and Brianna Newland, Assistant Professor at University of Delaware.
At the event, held in Stockholm, 50 role models was presented and Sofia Bohlin, board member of SD Europe and chairperson of SFSU, was one of them.
“- It’s a great honour and I am proud that women’s involvement in sports is recognised. It…

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Back in January Malmö FF visited Schalke 04 as part of the SD Europe Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project.

Malmö FF were represented by board member Pontus Hansson, CEO Niclas Carlnen, Communications Officer Peter Åhlander and SLO & Membership Manager Pierre Nordberg. In a packed two-day agenda, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with different departments and people in the club, as well as being shown around the stadium and the ‘blue’ city of Gelsenkirchen.

The first day…

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Cork City FC, one of our Erasmus + project partners, visited FC United of Manchester earlier this month as part of their exchange schedule.

Co-financed by the European Commission and Uefa, the project aims to build connections between member-run clubs and national supporters’ organisations across Europe, as well as provide three distinct training workshops over a two-year period (Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and Member & Volunteer Engagement).
Pat Lyons, Cork City FC chairman, John Kennedy, club vice-chairman, and Mike Derham, FORAS secretary, travelled to…

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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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