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Scottish Football League Reconstruction Plans To Be Discussed at Fansí Parliament

Tue 20th Nov 2012 | Football Governance

David Longmuir, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football League, is to present the SFL's league reconstruction proposals to Scottish football fans at two Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS) events. 

The proposals, which were recently approved by the 30 SFL clubs, will be presented and discussed at the SDS Annual Conference (25th November) and at an event in Glasgow (26th November) both as part of the SDS 'Fans Parliament' initiative.

The ‘Fans Parliament’ initiative was set up to allow a two way communication with all fans of all clubs [from senior to amateur and in every community in the country] to help Supporters Direct Scotland gather fans’ views which will, for the first time, be collected and reported directly to the Scottish Government and to the football authorities.

Also included in the ‘Fans Parliament’ initiative is a Scotland wide roadshow undertaken to gauge Scottish fans' views on the game and its management and governance, the new ‘scottishfans.org’ website, increased engagement at matches and through social media channels as well as a series of planned surveys on specific topics concerning the game.

The Supporters Direct Conference takes place at The Falkirk Stadium on Sunday 25th November* and will see Falkirk manager Steven Pressley, a known advocate of change in Scottish football, and renowned football finance expert Professor Stephen Morrow join the discussion panel.

The Glasgow roadshow event in The Arches Theatre will also feature an illustrious panel of Tom Boyd, Pat Nevin and Gordon Smith.

David Longmuir said, “It has taken quite a bit of time to get our plan for a dynamic and simple change to Scottish Football in front of our clubs. I am delighted they have approved it and I now look forward to sharing the vision behind it with the fans at these two unique events."

Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct in Scotland said: “The need to ensure that Scottish football fans' voices are heard has never been so important.

“These events present, for the first time, an opportunity for supporters to voice their opinions directly to the Chief Executive of the SFL and to debate with highly experienced football people about the things they like and the things they would like to see changed in our game.

“Our thanks go to David Longmuir for taking this unprecedented step and hope that Scottish fans take the opportunity to attend these events. Through Supporters Direct Scotland fans have a direct route into government and policy makers and events like these give them the chance to voice their opinions and have a chance to be involved in what are major changes in the game. 

“The roadshows have already been successful in Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries and further events will be held in Dundee and Kilmarnock and we hope that our annual conference will evolve into being a major fans event in the coming years."

The Annual Fans Conference is being held at the Falkirk Stadium on Sunday 25th November (9:30am start) and the full agenda is available by visiting www.scottishfans.org.  The conference is open to all fans and tickets can be booked at a cost of £10 by visiting http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4726622455.

The Glasgow event begins at 6pm and is open to all fans. Anyone wishing to attend are urged to register in advance by email to ‘roadshows@supporters-direct.org’ with a note of the person attending’s name and date of birth. Entry is free. Full details of all events can be found at www.scottishfans.org.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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