Supporters Direct September news mail

Supporters Direct news mail for September.


Protecting community assets: SD submits to Welsh government consultation
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on how to apply the powers that are available to them with regard to the Localism Act (2011) and protecting Assets of Community Value.

Supporters Direct has submitted evidence which supports the view that a tailored strengthened model would be appropriate for Wales including a first refusal option, and a programme of support given to communities encouraging local assets to be owned and controlled by community groups as well as being listed.

Non-League Day: 10.10.2015
This year Non-League Day is taking place on Saturday 10th October. If your club is planning any special activities for this event then please get in touch and we can feature your story in the run up to the day.

Watching Football is Not a Crime!
Watching Football Is Not A Crime! is part of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s ongoing drive to monitor the police in their dealings with football fans and work with them to ensure that all fans are treated fairly and within the law. As part of the capaign they offer advice to fans who feel they have been unfairly.

Too many fans “expect and accept” poor treatment and don’t complain so it’s important supporters challenge what they’re not happy with.

If you are unjustly arrested, served with a banning order or get into any scrapes which you feel are unfair, contact Amanda Jacks, Caseworker for the FSF, via:

Amanda is happy to take calls outside of normal office hours, including weekends.

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Voice of the Fans: Book by 9am for the early bird rate!
Supporters Direct’s Voice of the Fans conference will be held on Saturday 17th October at the RFL’s archive, Heritage Quay, at the University of Huddersfield.

This year, the keynote speaker is Nigel Wood, Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation and we will also be hearing from International Referee, Phil Bentham, the RFL’s Marketing Director, Mark Foster and Greg Mulholland MP.

Tickets starts from £8 for members.

2015 Kingstone Press Championship and League One award winners

2015 Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 award winners last night saw the 2015 Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 Awards Dinner held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Out of all the entries received for the inaugural Supporters Direct Community Champion Award, the panel of judges made up of the SD Rugby League Council unanimously voted for Laura Dimberline as the winner.

Lewes FC announces home shirt partnership
Lewes Football Club, one of the UK’s handful of pioneering fan-owned community clubs is proud to announce a branded shirt partnership with legendary pop-rock band Squeeze, and International Sportswear company hummel.

In an innovative first in football shirt branding, the band’s logo will feature on the front of the hummel home shirts for the 2015/16 Ryman Premier League season. Instead of the usual one-off sponsorship payment, the club will receive all the profits from replica shirt sales, which will help fund the club’s community projects. The more shirts that are sold, the greater the benefit to the football club and its local community.

Congratulations Merthyr Town FC! Gold Award winners of best grassroots club (2015 UEFA grassroots award)
Merthyr Town FC have been recognised and rewarded at the very highest level for their outstanding contribution to their local community with the announcement that they have won the gold award for the Best Grassroots Club in the 2015 UEFA Grassroots Awards.

“Football can play an important role in the promotion of positive messages and the tackling of social issues and those are both impressive features of the Best Grassroots Club winner at Merthyr Town FC,” said UEFA President Michel Platini following the announcement. “The club has enabled a variety of target groups to enjoy football by taking part in the sport and this ensures there is a positive future ahead for those involved.”

The 2015 awards were announced as part of UEFA Grassroots Week, which has been aligned for the first time with the European Commission’s Week of Sport.

Publication of full Olympic Stadium terms ordered
The coalition of 14 supporters’ trusts seeking clarity on the Olympic Stadium deal with West Ham United FC today called on London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to ensure the full publication of the commercial terms of the contract after a positive response from the Information Commissioner.

The Information Commissioner has responded to a complaint lodged by the group under the Freedom of Information Act, ordering full publication of the commercial terms of the agreement, as requested by the coalition, within 35 days from the decision notice date of 3 September.

Everton Supporters Trust launched
Newly formed Everton Supporters trust EST1878 will be officially launched on Saturday 5th September under the guidance of Supporters Direct, aiming to enhance the links between supporters and the club.

From Monklands to Mongolia: Big-hearted Airdrieonians fans to buold houses for the homeless on charity trip
A group of Airdrieonian Supporters Trust members have travelled more than 4000 miles — to build homes for people in Mongolia.

Members from the Trust have jetted to central Asia on the back of their successful appeals through charity KitAid.

The dedicated diehards are spending 10 days in Mongolia and are living alongside villagers in one of the poorest and most remote parts of the country.

A reception will be held for them at the British Embassy in the capital Ulaanbaatar.

Foundation of Hearts Tribute jersey launched
The Hearts fans created history by playing a vital role in the club’s survival. Now their names are etched on a fantastic third jersey that pays tribute to their unstinting support.

In association with the club, the Foundation of Hearts is delighted to launch the new third kit featuring the names of some 8,000 pledgers. Those that reached the required FoH fan reward threshold in February have their name displayed on the unique top.

Pledgers and fellow supporters will be able to get a close up of the jersey for themselves in the club shop and the Hearts players will literally carry the hopes of thousands of fans when they wear the strip for matches during the second half of the campaign.

SD Europe Network holds meeting in Hamburg
Supporters’ groups, national organisations and member-run clubs from across Europe gathered in Hamburg this past weekend, for the Supporters Direct (SD) Europe network meeting, hosted by HFC Falke e.V.

The following groups, organisations and clubs were represented at the event: Conseil National des Supporters de Football – CNSFFederación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español – FASFEIsrafansNorsk Supporterallianse – NSASupporters in CampoSupporters DirectSvenska Fotbollssupporterunionen – SFSUUnsere KurveZa CelikSinya BulgariaBrøndby Supporters TrustFan Trust AarhusAalborg Supporters’ TrustSupporterscollectief GroningenWielka PoloniaAssociação de Adeptos SportinguistasEskabeeCork City FC, and our hosts HFC Falke e.V. President Tamara Dwenger began proceedings by welcoming all those present to Hamburg, and Falke’s home Rudi Barth Stadion.

SLO project key part of plan to increase attendances in Portugal 
Jorge Silverio, SLO coordinator at the Portuguese Football Federation, spoke last week in an interview about his efforts to increase match attendances and bring supporters closer to their club.

The prediction for 2015/16 season is that attendances in Portuguese stadiums will be higher than previous years, a result that is far from random. “The FA, the league and the clubs have been working towards this for quite some time,” Jorge said. “However, it takes time to begin seeing results and you just need to be patient.”


A big thanks…
We would like to say a big thank you to Forever Bury and Notts County Supporters Trust for their donations to Supporters Direct.

Your continued support is much appreciated.