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Football’s power to affect change was rarely more evident in 2016 than at the Liberté Cup in Dunkirk, France back in September, and SD Europe was delighted to contribute in its own small way.
Hosted a stone’s throw away from La Liniere refugee camp – which housed over 800 men, women and children at the time – the tournament was organised by a host of organisations including Copa 90 and ITV Hub to highlight the plight of refugees across Europe and…

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Good financial practices are at the heart of every sustainable business and football clubs are no different as the partners involved in the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project heard, dissected and discussed last weekend.
Having enjoyed an extremely informative three days that focused on good governance earlier this year in Manchester, 11 project partners and invited guests from across Europe gathered in Malmö last weekend (November 25 – 26) to hear a variety of speakers present around the topic of…

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With representatives from 15 different countries in attendance, SD Europe held its very first AGM in Malmo, Sweden on Sunday (November 27th).

SD Europe formally became an independent, pan-European members organisation in September with the support of national supporter organisations across Europe as well as Uefa.

Members need to share the established beliefs and values of the existing European network, and alongside the seven national supporter organisations that subscribed to SD Europe’s constitution, five further members have now joined to represent their…

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The event will bring together member-run clubs, national supporters’ organisations, and members of the wider SD Europe network.

Over the weekend of November 25-27, partners and contributing organisations in the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project will gather in Malmö for the second of three workshops.

Hosted by project partners and newly crowned Allsvenskan champions Malmö FF, the workshop follows on from a successful launch event and first workshop, which took place in March and June of this year…

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Scotland is a hive of activity as far as the SLO work is concerned at the moment.

A Supporter Liaison Officer Development Day staged by SD Scotland at Bellshill on 14 July, which heard presentations from Lasse Bauer, lead SLO at Danish top-division club Brøndby IF, JP Taylor, SLO at Celtic, and SD Europe, was followed by an invitation to SD Europe to present at the Scottish Football Association Congress in late September.

The Congress was established in 2015 as part of…

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The impressive Parc Olympique Lyonnais was the venue for the latest security seminar organised by the French Professional Football League in early October.

The Lyon seminar was attended by safety officers of clubs in the top two tiers of French football and SD Europe was invited to explain the benefits of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role for them in their day-to-day work. After outlining how safety officers and SLOs can work together in practice, the presentation focused on recommendations made…

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Council of Europe and EU organise ProS4 Balkan Conference on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football in Bucharest

The Council of Europe and the European Union, in co-operation with the Romanian Gendarmerie, brought policymakers and practitioners from 12 countries to Bucharest in mid-October to promote the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events and encourage them to translate best practice into their national legislation.

The conference…

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A range of stakeholders from across the Belgian football family gathered for a landmark SLO meeting in Brussels on 7 November.

The event was organised by the Jupiler Pro League and the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) and attended by officials of the two governing bodies, club representatives, SLOs and supporters of various clubs.

The meeting heard Stijn Van Bever outline the Pro League vision of the role of SLOs in Belgium. Speaking on behalf of the Football Cell at the Ministry…

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Building a movement is not like building a house, even though the use of the same word to describe the processes implies similarity.

Movements are often described as having developed organically, but this doesn’t accurately reflect the commitment required to actually make it happen. A need for those willing to commit time and resources, in order to translate ideas into actions. Just as a house can’t be built without bricks, without people like this, movements would be impossible to get…

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What Is SD Europe?

SD Europe is an organisation that assists democratic supporters’ groups in achieving formal structured involvement in their clubs and associations, and developing member ownership of football clubs. Established in 2007 with support from UEFA, SD Europe also advises clubs on their ownership and governance structure, and works with football governing bodies, leagues, UEFA, and European institutions.

It is currently active in over 20 European countries and is also responsible for the implementation of the Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) requirement…

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