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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 Sweden.

In another key development, the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) completed a series of visits…

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The Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events was signed by 14 states at a ceremony held at the Stade de France on Sunday 3 July.

The 14 signatory states are Bulgaria, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine. The Convention will enter into force on ratification by three signatory states.

“It’s an opportune moment, with preparations under way for the 2018 FIFA World…

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With the European Championships in full swing, you could be forgiven for thinking that the club season drew to a close weeks ago. However, in some countries (Ireland and Sweden for example) the league has merely hit the pause button; whilst others have been (not so) quietly wrapping up their play-offs.

However, we can now safely say that the 2015/16 season is over, and it’s been another successful one for the growing number of member-run clubs across Europe. Below you will find…

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On May 31st Socios Gornik, a supporters’ organisation at Gornik Zabrze, organised the “New Way of Supporting” international conference in Katowice.

Some 100 attendees travelled from across Poland to participate in the conference, and included supporters of various clubs, club representatives, journalists, politicians and business figures. They were treated to presentations and speeches from Poland and abroad, covering many key issues relating to sport, as politicians, academics, supporters and various experts analysed the social and financial functions and impact of football.

The event…

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Risk Assessments. The Maldives. Tom Sawyer. What links these apparently unrelated things?

Answer: they were all referred at one point or another during the opening workshop of the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project, which was held at partner FC United of Manchester’s home stadium, Broadhurst Park. As that suggests, the 48 hours touched on a wide range of topics, with all the various participants bringing their own perspectives and experiences to the table. As well as the…

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The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways of cooperating on the implementation of the SLO project.

The Israeli Football Association (IFA), the Israeli Professional Football League (IPFL), the Israeli national supporters’ organisation (Israfans) and SD Europe recently met at the IFA offices in Tel Aviv.

The meeting saw the four parties outline their views on the current situation and the future of the SLO project in Israel. In particular, the IPFL are very supportive of the SLO project and have…

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At the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Stockholm on May 18-20, which was organised by SD Europe with funding provided by UEFA, 11 club SLOs from 11 countries were invited to exchange best practice examples and potential answers to the challenges faced by SLOs at the European and domestic level.

Making up the network ‘first eleven’ are Dirk Vos (KAA Gent/Belgium), Lasse Bauer(Brøndby IF/Denmark), Jonathan Waite (Tottenham/England), Thomas Kirschner (Schalke 04/Germany), Ton Strooband (Feyenoord/Netherlands), Arne-Christian Eggen (Rosenborg/Norway), Nuno Gago (Benfica/Portugal), Radosław Sołtys…

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Following a number of major incidents in Dutch football, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has launched a large-scale project, Voetball2020, with a range of national partners with the aim of formulating guidelines for making football a safer and more hospitable and accessible experience.

As part of the project, a best practice conference was held at the GelreDome in Arnhem on 10 May. The event was attended by around 230 people representing clubs, SLOs, the police, public prosecutors, local authorities and…

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SD Europe was amongst the organisations present at the third UEFA Football and Social Responsibility workshop held last week, at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon.

Following the publication of UEFA’s third Football and Social Responsibility Report, which features in-depth examination of the work undertaken by UEFA’s various FSR partners, this year’s workshop took a look at planned changes to the reporting format, as well as UEFA’s future FSR strategy.

Presentations on other aspects of UEFA’s work also formed part of the agenda, including…

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The date has been set for the first Clubs and Supporters for better Governance in Football project workshop: from 13-15 June, project partners and contributing organisations will gather at FC United of Manchester for two days of debate, discussion and collaboration; all under the theme of Governance.

It’s a word that has become ubiquitous in sporting circles over recent years, and as such, governance can be defined in many ways. This workshop will address those debates, but at the same time…

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