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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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This weekend, Supporters in Campo will welcome their fellow Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project partners Svenskafotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU) to Verona, where the organisation will hold its General Assembly. The event will also serve as the first in a series of project exchange visits between partners.

Hosted by founder members Verona Col Cuore, the supporters’ trust at Hellas Verona, the main aim of the event is to allow Supporters in Campo’s members to come together and reflect on the past year…

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“We must all commit to embracing the principle of an integrated multi-agency approach and take the steps necessary to demonstrate it in practice – not just for high-profile matches, but as a matter of routine.”

With these words UEFA Executive Committee member and UEFA Stadium and Security Committee vice-chairman František Laurinec greeted more than 300 participants at the 2016/17 UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Bucharest earlier this month.

Mr Laurinec added: “It is our responsibility to ensure that supporters can enjoy a…

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Taking advantage of the second leg of the Europa League play-off between KF Shkëndija and KAA Gent in Skopje, the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) organised a bilateral meeting with Gent SLO Dirk Vos, who represents Belgium in the European SLO network. The meeting was also attended by Alexandar Misevski representative of Ultras FC Pelister.

In spite of the differences between the two countries, the SLO principles remain the same and meetings such as these offer those attending a perfect opportunity to…

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The recent UEFA Europa League qualifying match between HJK and IFK Gothenburg in Helsinki presented a great opportunity for a bilateral exchange of experiences on the role of the SLO.

Two days of discussions began on matchday -1 when Ville Nylund, event manager and SLO coordinator of the Football Association of Finland (FAF), met with the Christian Olsson, a member of IFK’s SLO team, to talk about the SLO work in Gothenburg and Sweden as a whole with a view to…

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Jens Volke, one of seven SLOs at Borussia Dortmund, has announced his departure from the club’s SLO team to join the media department.

A former leader of the Dortmund ultras group The Unity, Jens had been in the post for more than eight years.

Jens made an important contribution to the development of the SLO project at European level, especially in its early stages, attending workshops for football associations and club SLOs in a number of countries to share his knowledge and experience with…

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