At the end of September and beginning of October, the SD Europe Supporter Liaison Officer team took part in two exchange visits in Sweden organised by the Svensk Elitfotboll under SD Europe’s supporter liaison and engagement project LIAISE, which is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA. Norrköping SD Europe, together with the delegations of Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen, Svensk Elitfotboll, Federação Portuguesa de Futebol, and a group of the Czech Football League
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
“Inspiring, a priceless experience, lasting cooperation” These are just some of the words used to describe SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football (CSBGiF) project, as it formally came to end earlier this week with the submission of a final report to the European Commission. Bringing together member-run football clubs and national supporters organisation in a unique collaborative partnership for the first time, an independent evaluation of the work
The 50+1 rule is the beating heart of football, according to the chair of the one of the biggest supporters organisations in Europe. Given the discussions currently going on there, it would be easy to assume it’s a German supporters group we’re thinking of but that’s incorrect. Representing 26 football clubs, 48 fan organisations and over 50,000 individual supporters, the Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU) is seen as a key stakeholder in Swedish football by the football
At the end of November, Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen, SFSU, hosted their 10th AGM in Helsingborg. In connection to the meeting, workshops were held on the themes of communication and financial solutions. The topics gave a lot of knowledge and inspiration to the member organisations, ahead of another busy season in Swedish football. The first day kicked off with a presentation from Patrik Sundberg from Allmänna Supporterklubben and the media bureau POST. With his experienc
The fourth ever Fútbol Popular event took place in Getafe, just outside Madrid from July 21 – 23 recently. SD Europe was in attendance along with Erasmus+ project partners Supporters in Campo and SFSU. The Fútbol Popular movement in Spain continues to grow. Now into double figures, it’s a collective of fan-owned, community-orientated football clubs that believe there is a different way to organise and run clubs in football today. SD Europe‘s Niamh O’Mahony addressed the openi
In mid-June approximently 30 supporters from different teams gathered in Malmö to discuss and learn from each other at SFSU’s summer event. The weekend began with the SFSU chairperson Sofia Bohlin welcoming everyone. She presented SFSU’s activities so far in 2017. Much time was devoted to talking about the participation in SD Europe’s Erasmus+ project. As part of the project, representatives from Supporters in Campo had been invited. At the SFSU AGM, held in November 2016, i
As part of the Erasmus+ project, ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football‘, SFSU and Supporters in Campo will visit fellow partner FASFE this coming weekend in Madrid.
An extensive programme has been planned and different stakeholders around football have been invited. Emilio Abejon from FASFE said: “This event will mark another step up in the Fútbol Popular movement. Until today we’ve worked in setting up a group of clubs and organisations with common practic
The event will build further on the previous two workshops, on Governance and Finance, as well as the 16 exchange visits between the partners. The initiative is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and Uefa. The third workshop of SD Europe‘s Erasmus+ project will be take place this weekend (16-18/6) at the stadium of Schalke 04, one of the biggest member-run clubs in the world, and in Germany, the country most suitable to welcome an event on members and
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 i
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