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In honour of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the development of the Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) role, SD Europe is excited to announce a new monthly feature of various SLOs across Europe. 

In what is an emotional, and exciting interview, we had the privilege to ask Eintracht Frankfurt SLO, Marc Francis to reflect on his role and the future of SLO development. 

Commenting on the upcoming anniversary, SD Europe’s Head of SLO Implementation, Stuart Dykes, said: “It’s been a remarkable decade…

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Sport represents an integral part of the lives of millions of Europeans. It builds community cohesion, grows social inclusion and can lead to an enhanced sense of European identity. The sector employs millions of European citizens, and adds billions of Euros in revenue.

In this context, the stadium represents the spiritual heart of sports community. An important center of aggregation and a place to develop a strong social impact involving all stakeholders, but also a fundamental tool to guarantee the stability…

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The objective of the fund is to enable the members of the SD Europe network to establish their own projects that further develop supporter involvement.

The SD Europe Fund will see the distribution of €12.000 to its members: €9,000 to fund three projects run by national fan organisations and €3,000 to fund three projects with exchange visits of member-run clubs within the network.

Each project under the SD Europe Fund can fall under the categories of:
Democracy, Cooperation, Solidarity and Sustainability.
 

The fund shows…

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As UEFA announced last week, Warsaw-based ASK Zly recently won the UEFA Best Grass Roots Club Award for 2019.

The football club is a member of SD Europe and prides itself on being the first democratically ran, fan-owned football club in Poland. More than 1,000 people of Warsaw celebrated this success in last Sunday’s double match and SD Europe was there to share these moments of happiness with the contributors of this award.

SD Europe headed to Warsaw this weekend to…

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The SD Europe network is filled with stories, connections, and the purest forms of passion. Though much progress has been made over the past decade, members have had to learn the correct manner to channel that passion. 

In order to accomplish set goals and continue to campaign for the fans, our members have had to establish, develop, and prioritise a “structural relationship” with various football institutions. 

In this SD Europe special in-depth series, we will delve into the multi-faceted relationships between football…

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SD Europe applauds AKS Zly on winning UEFA’s Best Grassroots Club Award for 2019! Their achievement is symbolic recognition of the work carried out by all the supporters across the SD Europe network involved in the management of their football clubs who instill the same values.

AKS Zly is the first ever democratic sports club in the Polish capital of Warsaw. It was founded by fans in 2015, and is entirely and directly managed by the supporters, athletes and coaches who…

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In what is the sixth year of existence in Italy, SD Europe member, Supporters in Campo keep building on their story, while continuing to lobby for supporter ownership in Italy. 

In this SD Europe exclusive, we had an in-depth discussion with different figures in the movement to learn more about the ‘SinC’ story:  

When did your adventure start? 

Supporters in Campo was established in April 2013 after a process of collaboration and dialogue with Italian fan groups and SD Europe. The experience gathered…

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In the beginning of August, Logroño, Spain, hosted the annual meeting of Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español (FASFE), ‘VI JORNADAS FÚTBOL POPULAR’ for a weekend with the Spanish fùtbol popular movement.

The meeting was hosted by local fan-owned club, SD Logroñés, with representatives of Supporters in Campo, the Italian umbrella group for supporters’ trusts and community clubs, and a board member of Hapoel Katamon, a member-run club in Jerusalem, Israel flying to sunny Spain to meet the network.

Today…

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At the beginning of July, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) hosted the sixth exchange visit of SD Europe’s supporter liaison project, LIAISE, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA. 

The delegation was headed by SD Europe’s project manager, Stuart Dykes, and included Jakub Novakovski and Dariusz Łapiński of the Polish Football Association’s Infrastructure and Organization of Events department and Martin Schlosser, head of Austria’s National Information Point for Combating Football Hooliganism in the role of external expert….

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The 2018/19 season has been a success for the growing number of member-run clubs across Europe.

Congratulations to the entire network; for showing clubs can have on-pitch success with a commitment to their supporters and local communities. For showing that passion has power. 

 
AUSTRIA
SV Austria Salzburg, which formed in 2005 after the original SV (Austria) Salzburg was renamed and rebranded by an energy drink company, achieved an immediate return to Regionalliga (3rd).

 

BELGIUM

YB SK Beveren, Belgium’s 100% fan-owned football club, achieved an exciting…

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