The SLO requirement enters its sixth season, as SD Europe celebrates its tenth anniversary

This year SD Europe, the European umbrella supporter organisation that promotes structured involvement in the decision-making of football clubs and governing bodies, sustainable social and financial development of football, and member-run clubs, 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…

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In what is positive news from Spain, a delegation from FASFE – the Spanish national supporters organisation – met with Sports Minister and president of the Higher Sports Council, José Ramón Lete, on June 20th to put forward proposals for the country’s planned new sports law.

The delegation consisted of FASFE members from across the country, led by their president José Ángel Zalba.

The group presented proposals to improve democracy and transparency within Spanish football as part of FASFE’s #CambiemosElFútbol (#Let’s Change…

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The 2017 Supporters Direct / Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) supporters summit took place at St. George’s Park, near Burton upon Trent last weekend (July 1st/2nd).

Fan-owned clubs and supporters trusts from across England, Wales, Scotland and further afield gathered at the home of English football for a day of discussion, followed by the respective AGMs of Supporters Direct and FSF.

The Opening Plenary featured representatives from three different supporters trusts in a session entitled ‘Clubs in Crisis’. Mat Roper and Adam Michaelson…

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On May 24th, this year’s Europa League final was played in Stockholm between AFC Ajax and Manchester United.

In total six SLOs from the three Stockholm clubs (AIK, Djurgården and Hammarby) were on duty in order to advise colleagues from the two finalists as well as visiting fans. The focus for the SLO support team was on service, logistics and providing local knowledge.

“This was the first time a team of local SLOs was deployed at a major European final. It is…

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The home of one of the biggest members-run clubs in the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04, hosted our ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project’s third workshop recently (June 16 – 18).

Participants from 18 different countries and 38 organisations were present in Gelsenkirchen, and heard a variety of presentations, discussions and contributions from across Europe, the US and Africa. The feedback from everyone in attendance was extremely positive, and the key learnings will form part of the project’s online…

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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 Kirschner (Schalke 04), Nuno Ribeiro (Boavista, Portugal), Thomas Carnogursky (Slovan Liberec, Czech Republic) and Jonathan Waite…

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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…

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At their match at home against Shamrock Rovers last Friday (26th), Cork City FC highlighted the YourMentalHealth.ie #LittleThings campaign.

Part of their involvement included distributing as many Green Ribbons amongst supporters as possible. Wearing the Green Ribbon is meant to help spark a conversation about mental health, and it could encourage others to reach out, feel less alone, and to seek support.

The month-long national campaign includes among other things the distribution of more than 500,000 green ribbons free of charge. At Turner’s Cross, over…

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As part of SD Europe’s Erasmus+ project ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ Supporters in Campo from Italy will visit Sweden to take part in the Summer meeting held by SFSU in Malmö 10-11 of June.

Over the 2 days topics as ‘Positive Supporters Initiatives’,  ‘Democracy in football’,  ‘Development in Sweden’, ‘Democracy and membership governance in Italy’ and more will be discussed.

Sofia Bohlin

Sofia Bohlin, Chairperson of SFSU says: “Our annual summer meeting is a great…

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SD Europe was invited and presented at the ‘Strategies that work’ seminar of the Ukrainian PFL

Among the some 60 people that attended the seminar were representatives of the Ukrainian Premier League and the PFL, representatives of supporters’ groups, local businessmen, experts in marketing and communications and journalists.

The participants had the opportunity to hear Sergei Makarov (president of the PFL), Anna Radko (marketing director of the organisation ‘Standard’), Andrey Burlakov (media director of FC Shaktar), Evgeny Dontsov (president of ‘Standard’) and SD Europe’s Loukas Anastasiadis presenting on the topics of…

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