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Cork City have had a very busy month to date in April. As well as putting together an unbeaten winning run of 10 League games (and counting!), the Leesiders welcomed Erasmus+ project partners Schalke 04, Malmö FF and a representative of CAP CDM earlier this month (between April 6th and 8th).

The visitors held a series of meetings at the club offices in Bishopstown Training Ground on the Thursday, including Operations Manager Éanna Buckley and Business Development Manager Lisa Fallon, and took time…

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Last month, on March 26th,  Supporterscollectief Nederland held their first congress at the KNVB campus in Zeist with over 100 supporters present.

The Supporterscollectief was founded in 2016 and has 38 member groups representing 30 different clubs to date.

SD Europe was invited, alongside our friends from CAFE and FSE, to present our organisation and its background and to speak about the SLO project which many of the people present showed interest in.

Most of the afternoon was used to address the potential…

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Supporters from across the League of Ireland attended an Irish Supporters Network (ISN) workshop entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable League’ at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on March 26th.

SD Europe’s Niamh O’Mahony was in attendance as the founding members of ISN, FORAS (Cork City), Galway United Soccer Co-op, Finn Harps and the 1895 Trust led presentations and discussions on Sustainable Finance, what the SLO role can mean for the League of Ireland, why Community activities are vital and the importance of Fan Engagement.

Director of the League,…

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SD Europe was delighted to attend the recent SD Scotland supporters summit at Hampden Park.

After opening words of welcome from SD Scotland chair Morag McHaffie and Head of SD Scotland Andrew Jenkin, attendees heard from Guardian journalist David Conn, who said that there was huge potential for fan ownership and supporter involvement in Scotland.

David has spent over 20 years writing about the ‘business’ of football and the Fan Ownership movement in England and further afield.
“A club is a membership body. If you’re going…

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On March 14th FASFE organised a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen supporter liaison officer (SLO) Frank Linde in Madrid.

The meeting was co-organised by Rayo ADRV Accionistas and attended not just by supporter groups but also by clubs both from the local area and outside Madrid, evidence of the great interest in learning more about the SLO role and how it can improve the relationship between clubs and supporters and the matchday experience for all parties involved.

Frank made an introduction to the development and…

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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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