Here’s the latest monthly news round-up from Supporters Direct. It includes an update on the Football Expert Working Group.
Welcome to the latest Supporters Direct news mail!
Welcome to the December edition of our monthly news mail, bringing you all the headlines from the Trust movement.
December has been a busy month for Supporters Direct. We launched our new report Incentivising & Supporting Community Ownership in Sport in Westminster which looks into giving community owned clubs tax breaks. Jesse Norman MP hosted the event which was attended by over 55 guests from sporting authorities, MP’s and community owned clubs.
It’s also been all go north of the boarder with the announcement of the Supporters Summit which is taking place in January. The Scotsman has also featured an article by Head of SD Scotland, Andrew Jenkin, on our work in Scotland.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a successful 2016!
English Football Expert Working Group update
Earlier this month, the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch confirmed in Parliament that she will be responding to the Expert Working Group (EWG) on supporter ownership and engagement in January. The report was commissioned by Government, and the report was delivered to Government in November, who are currently reviewing it and will respond and publish the report in January.
Call for nominations – SD council elections
Supporters Direct has three councils – the England & Wales Football Council, the Scottish Council and the Rugby League Council. These bodies assist the Board by monitoring activity against budgets, development plans and other KPIs in their particular area and contributing ideas and suggestions regarding SD strategy in their area for consideration by the Board.
More news from Supporters Direct…
Supporters Direct would like to send their congratulations to AFC Wimbledon following the news that Merton Council has approved plans to build a new stadium in the borough and marks the club’s return to Wimbledon.
Tonbridge Angels Football Fightback Fund smashes £22,000 barrier
First Cardiac Screening Programme on 9/10 January
Tonbridge Angels can confirm that in excess of £22,000 has been raised in their Football Fightback campaign that aims to screen 800 young people in the quest to eradicate death through undetected cardiac issues.
Within the past seven years two Angels players have died through such causes, the second actually on a football pitch and as a result the club decided that this simply mustn’t happen again. The club committed to raise £28,000 to meet the cost of screening 800 people that would cover not just the club’s own players but a much wider body of young people across the county.
Lewes FC and Newman College announce girls football academy partnership
Lewes Football Club and Brighton & Hove’s Newman College (the Sixth Form of Cardinal Newman Catholic School), are delighted to announce the launch of a Girls’ Football Academy Programme commencing September 2016.
The partnership will offer a two year programme of high-quality, full-time education, as well as exceptional, academy-style coaching on Lewes Football Club’s new £1m 3G FIFA approved pitch.
Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 will be able to combine quality football coaching with academic studies in order to develop their sporting skills further.
Cambridge Fans United and Cambridge City Foodbank announced that they will work together to help local people who are in hardship. Although Cambridge is a City of innovation and wealth, costs are high and there are thousands of people in hardship, sometimes having to choose between food and heat. The fans and supporters of Cambridge United Football Club understand the importance of teamwork and supporting each other and Dave Matthew-Jones, Chairman of the Supporters Trust, believes the same spirit applies to helping those in need.
Volunteer opportunities with Supporters Direct
We are currently looking for two enthusiastic volunteers to help us with Business Development and Communications and Social media.
This North West regional meeting will have the overarching theme of fundraising and is aimed at giving trusts and clubs ideas on how to raise capital for projects, provide information on available grant funding as well as talk about long term, consistent, sustainable fundraising schemes.
SD Scotland Supporters Summit 2016
When Fenerbahce hosted Celtic FC for the final match of the UEFA Europa League group stage, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) took the opportunity to organise a bilateral SLO meeting between the Turkish clubs and the SLO of Celtic FC. Also invited to participate were Loukas Anastasiadis of SD Europe and Stefan Schatz, fan project worker and former SLO of FC St. Pauli, who travelled to Istanbul to see the match together with the supporters of Celtic.
SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes interviewed by the SEF
Following a recent SLO workshop in Sweden, the Swedish Football League (SEF) ran a piece on its website that included an interview with of SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes. We are happy to reproduce a translation of the piece here.
We would like to say a big thank you to Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust for their donations to Supporters Direct.
Your continued support is much appreciated.