The Supporter Liaison Officer role is a dynamic, busy, and exciting position at any football club. However, Celtic FC supporters are known across the world for being up there with the very best. In this SD Europe Exclusive avid football supporter, and former president of the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance, Paul Cox, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the realities and responsibilities of the Supporter Liaison Officer at Celtic FC. “I traveled in February from Valencia, Spain
The SLO requirement enters its sixth season, as SD Europe celebrates its tenth anniversary celebrated its first AGM with representatives from 15 different countries. In the ten years of SD Europe’s existence, structured dialogue has been a core part of the organisation, materialising in the introduction of the Supporter Liaison Officer requirement in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations (Article 35) in 2012/13. It has been a busy five years for the SLO
Eleven SLOs were represented at the meeting, and the network has grown by 40% The SLOs who attended the second club SLO European network meeting at the VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen were as follows: Adrian Gruenig (FC Basel, Switzerland), Beverley Mayer (St. Johnstone, Scotland), Andrey Kyuchukov (Dunav Russe, Bulgaria), Kiriakos Giantsidis (PAOK, Greece), Lasse Bauer (Brøndby, Denmark), Maurice Dumas (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Riccardo Bertolin (Roma, Italy), Thomas Kirschne
Apart from the regular standard training, education and strategy meetings, 2015/16 saw a number of developments of landmark importance in the evolution of the SLO project. In January 2016 SD Europe were awarded observer status on the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (TR-V) for a renewable period of three years. And towards the end of the season SD Europe organised, with the support of UEFA, the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Swede
The Scottish FA and Supporters Direct Scotland have signed a partnership agreement that focuses in the promotion and implementation of the SLO project. Their joint announcement: Supporters Direct Scotland are delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership with the Scottish FA to deliver a development programme for Supporter Liaison Officers (SLO) in Scotland. SLOs are a vital new role – mandatory for clubs participating in UEFA competitions – which requires a
Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor managed to secure Visas on Arrival for the club’s travelling supporters for their recent away match against Qarabaq in Azerbaijan. As the visa process can take up to 10 days, supporters are often prevented from travelling. However, through this cooperation the necessary time was reduced to just three days, and with the use of the club’s communications channels (website, Twitter, etc.), Celtic enjoyed the support of over 100 fans instead of the orig
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