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The SD Europe network is constantly growing and our activities are spreading to more of Europe and beyond. Our AGM in Huelva saw two new fan-organisation groups officially join our network.

One of our newest members is Supporterscollectief Netherlands. Supporterscollectief is a national supporters organisation that represents supporter clubs in Holland.

But who is SC Nederland? Here’s an introduction to the organisation’s history, organisational structure, goals, and an overview of the relationship between Dutch fans and local and national institutions:

 

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At the end of March, SD Europe took part in a workshop in Portugal at the Cidade do Futebol in Caxias, Lisbon, hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). The workshop focused on the role of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and the disability access officer (DAO). The workshop was organised by the FPF as part of the training activities related to UEFA club licensing.

The opening remarks were made by Paulo Lourenço, Secretary General of the FPF, and responsible for…

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Recently, SD Europe took part in an important conference in sunny Seville, Spain. The conference, ‘EL PROTAGONISMO DEL AFICIONADO EN EL FÚTBOL’ was jointly organised by our members FASFE and Accionistas Unidos of Sevilla FC.

The meeting was held with the goal of deepening the developments of the internal reformation of Ley del Deporte, and the central role that fans and small shareholders can play in the future of Sevilla. The aim of the conference was to highlight the contribution of…

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It was a productive day in Sofia, as the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a Supporter Liaison Officer workshop under its ‘Fan Dialogue: 2020 and beyond’ project.

On the agenda for the day was: The work of the BFU with the fans, an overview of the SLO role, the new Council of Europe Convention, a presentation by SD Europe about the SLO role (challenges, relationships and how it should be), and a Q&A between the BFU, local police authorities, SLOs and…

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Participants from ten countries and organisations came together to discuss the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety Security and Service Approach.

Project partners Svenska Footballsupporterunionen (SFSU), Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS), Football Supporters Europe (FSE), Czech Football League (LFA), Polish Football Association (PZPN), Portuguese Football Association (FPF), Swedish Football League (SEF), contributing partners French Football League (LFP), guests Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Football Union of Russia (RFU), international experts from the Council of Europe (Adrian Dinca, chair of…

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This past weekend saw the beautiful city of Huelva and the oldest club in Spain – Recreativo de Huelva, host the annual SD Europe AGM. The weekend was packed with panels, workshops, meetings, and of course football!

Friday night, saw a panel discussion with William Gaillard (Former Head of Communications and Public Affairs at UEFA), Maria Cappa (Spanish reporter & author) and Juan Manuel Garrido (Spanish reporter and author): “The role of supporters in modern professional football clubs”. ‘The representatives of…

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It is time for SD Europe’s fourth official meeting on December 1st. Our past official events have seen the SD Europe network meet in Hamburg (2015), Malmo (2016), and Dublin (2017). This time we are in Huelva, where the inspirational Recreativo Supporters Trust, will host us.

This year will see 13 countries represented. With member-run clubs, supporters trusts, and national fan organisations in attendance, it is set up to be a productive and exciting weekend in Huelva, southern Spain. Our hosts…

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It was with huge sadness that we learned of the passing of Tottenham Hotspur supporter liaison officer Jonathan Waite yesterday.

Jonathan was a founder member of the European SLO network in 2016. When we approached the Premier League with the proposal to involve him in the network, they had no hesitation in endorsing him. It therefore came as little surprise to us when he was voted SLO of the Year by his peers later in that year.

A wealth of experience and…

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Representatives of football stakeholders from three European countries recently took part in the second of 12 exchange visits being organised under SD Europe’s supporter liaison and engagement project LIAISE, which is funded by EU’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA.

The visit was hosted by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and saw representatives of the French National Supporters Association (ANS), the French Football Federation (FFF), the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), the Czech Football League (LFA) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) travel to the northeast city…

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SD Europe is delighted to confirm that Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has formally become a contributing organisation to our LIAISE project.

LIAISE is unique Erasmus+ collaborative partnership that has brought together a range of stakeholders to focus on the development of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role in Europe for the first time. These stakeholders include supporters organisations, football associations, football leagues, Uefa and the European Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts.

An amendment to the French sports act…

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