Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Improving Football Governance Report To Be Launched At Supporters Direct Summit

Thu 20th Jun 2013 | Clubs Ownership

Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership project: final report to be launched this Saturday

Saturday's Supporters Direct Summit will see a report on improving football governance launched, prepared by the social research co-operative Substance, assessing the impact of the project, e.g. contributions by volunteers, growth of supporters' networks on local, national and European level, and improved relationships with football governing bodies. 

Supporters Direct Europe, along with eight fans’ organisations from eight countries and Cooperatives Europe, have over the last sixteen months undertaken the European Commission-funded project ‘Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership’.

Some of the project’s key outcomes have been:

  • The launch of a national network for Italian supporters’ groups: Supporters in Campo
  • Steps taken towards the establishment of a national network for Irish supporters’ groups and supporter owned clubs
  • The preservation of the 50+1 club ownership rule in Sweden
  • The expansion of national networks of democratic supporters’ groups throughout partner countries (particularly Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain)
  • Widespread engagement with key stakeholders by all partners

During a project-dedicated workshop at the SD Summit, partners will present their activities and achievements over the last sixteen months, outlining how the project has aided the development of democratic supporters’ organisations in their countries and what should happen next. This in turn has aided the network of like-minded groups across the continent.

Particular focus will be given to the six national workshops held as part of the project, where supporters joined various other key stakeholders to discuss the way forward for football in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and France in particular.

Each partner also produced handbooks in their native language, intended to be a key resource for supporters’ groups and supporter owned clubs, and also a reference point for national authorities seeking to reform the governance of the game.

Antonia Hagemann, Head of European Development at Supporters Direct, said: “This project has provided the growing European network of democratic supporters’ organisations with the means to develop further.

“From setting up national networks to engaging with authorities, these groups are now positioned to ensure supporters play a key role in the ownership and decision making processes in their countries.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.




If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Southampton Secures Chinese Investment Partners

Mon 14th Aug 2017 | Clubs Ownership

Southampton Football Club has announced the formal conclusion of talks which will see Chinese businessman Mr Jisheng Gao take a stake in the Premier League club. In a letter to fans issued on Monday...

Altrincham FC Seek New Investment

Thu 13th Jul 2017 | Clubs Ownership

At a recent Extraordinary General Meeting, the shareholders of Altrincham Football Club passed a series of motions which will now allow the club to bring in new investors. A new controlling share in...

Hartlepool United Announced Club Restructure

Wed 28th Jun 2017 | Clubs Ownership

Hartlepool United Chairman, Pam Duxbury has announced the first phase of the club’s restructure following relegation to the National League and subsequent resignation of Gary Coxall. Coxall...

Chinese company 5USport buy stake in Northampton Town

Mon 26th Jun 2017 | Clubs Ownership

Northampton Town Football Club have announced a new partnership with 5USport, a Sports Development and Education Company based in Guangzhou, China. As part of this partnership and following approval...