FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Supporter Ownership Week – A Time To Celebrate http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3812/title=supporter+ownership+week+%96+a+time+to+celebrate What do you think of when you hear the phrase supporter ownership? Is it about saving clubs? Is it about obsessed fans going head to head with unwilling private owners? Is it about a bunch of bearded lefties trying to impose an impractical, idealistic and unworkable solution? You wont be surprised to hear that Supporters Direct takes a rather different view. For us, supporter ownership is about community. Football exists because people want to watch it as well as play it, and because it... Facebook Launches Inaugural Football Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3810/title=facebook+launches+inaugural+football+awards Facebook have announced the launch of its inaugural Facebook Football Awards in partnership with BT Sport and Mirror Football. The new awards are the only opportunity for fans from around the world to vote on whom they think has performed best throughout the 2014/15 Premier League season. Voting kicks off today via a dedicated tab on Facebook and through the Facebook pages of Mirror Football and BT Sport. Voting will close on Monday 11 May and award winners will be announced at a prestigious... Football Gets Political Ahead Of General Election http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3809/title=football+gets+political+ahead+of+general+election English football is facing state intervention and enforced growth in fan ownership under proposals from the political parties looking for your vote in this UK General Election, writes Marc Webber . As every cross on the ballot counts in what will be the tightest election in UK history, all the parties are pulling together policies which may not please Premier League chairmen, but are aimed at winning over football fans and those involved in the grassroots game. The football authorities... Clubs Unite To Launch Alzheimer’s Support Project http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3808/title=clubs+unite+to+launch+alzheimer%92s+support+project Former Scotland coach Craig Brown helped launch a Football Memories project geared at supporting people living with Alzheimers disease through their local football clubs. A total of 13 senior Scottish football clubs have offered to take part in the UEFA-funded programme based on their existing links to the Football Memories project or local dementia groups within the community. Aberdeen, Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Patrick... Fernandes, Batson and Rabbatts Recognised For Governance In Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3807/title=fernandes%2C+batson+and+rabbatts+recognised+for+governance+in+football Several high profile names from the football world gathered at Wembley on Wednesday (15 th ) to celebrate the graduation of the second cohort of the On The Board Effective Board Member (EBM) programme. Also recognised during the evening in the presence of football bosses including Bobby Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive at the Professional Footballers Association; Greg Dyke, Chairman of The Football Association; and Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the League Managers... Fans Enjoy Roller Coaster FA Cup Ride – Literally http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3806/title=fans+enjoy+roller+coaster+fa+cup+ride+%96+literally With The FA Cup semi-finals taking place this weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April), four football fans road to Wembley looped through the Staffordshire hills as the latest FA Cup Adventure saw the iconic trophy travel to Alton Towers Resort. Giving new meaning to the roller coaster ride of the cup, the trophy had a front seat view on the theme parks main attraction, The Smiler. The cup was joined by fans of each of the teams competing in this... Player Development Tops Agenda At Soccer Asian Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3805/title=player+development+tops+agenda+at+soccer+asian+forum Soccerex have announced that a panel of international legends will be discussing player development in Asia at the Soccerex Asian Forum 2015, 3-4 May, taking place at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the banks of the Dead Sea, Jordan. The panel, featuring former Australian captain Lucas Neill, Argentine World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles, England legend Peter Reid and former Spain international Gaizka Mendieta will be using their vast and varied experience to offer their exclusive... SportAccord Convention Welcomes Host City Residents http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3811/title=sportaccord+convention+welcomes+host+city+residents In just under a week, the SportAccord Convention World Sport Business Summit will take place in Sochi, Russia, from 19-24 April 2015. With history in the making, this is the first time the SportAccord Convention has hosted a unique Village, as well as Sports Demo Zone. Opening daily from 09:00 to 18:30, SportAccord Convention together with a team of local Volunteers, will welcome the residents of Sochi a city now recognised as a familiar sports hub, business and tourist... On The Board class of 2015 graduate at Wembley http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3804/title=on+the+board+class+of+2015+graduate+at+wembley Footballers from the second cohort of the On The Board effective board member programme graduated on Wednesday evening. Brighton manager Chris Hughton, former England international Ugo Ehiogu and ex-Chelsea and Southampton defender Ken Monkou were amongst a host of individuals in attendance at the ceremony in Wembley Stadium. On The Board, was created by leading governance consultant Karl George MBE, founder of the Effective Board Member Programmes in conjunction with... Southend United FC supporters score with cloud-based ticketing system http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3803/title=southend+united+fc+supporters+score+with+cloud-based+ticketing+system Southend United Football Club (Southend) has chosen TALENT Sport, the ecommerce platform from Advanced Ticketing (Advanced), following a rigorous tender process involving numerous software providers. Southend selected TALENT Sport for its reputation in delivering an excellent online purchasing experience for fans. This will ensure the club is positioned at the forefront of UK football clubs by offering supporters choice, flexibility and enjoyable ways to engage online with the club. The system... Six clubs battling to be named Football League Family Club of the Year http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3802/title=six+clubs+battling+to+be+named+football+league+family+club+of+the+year Efforts to attract younger fans and families to Football League grounds will be celebrated during the tenth annual Football League Awards in London on Sunday evening. Brighton Hove Albion, Colchester United, last years winners Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes Dons, Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage have been shortlisted for the prize - which recognises the clubs which are leading the way in making Football League clubs great places for a family day out. Football League clubs excel at... Manchester United to defend title in the International Champions Cup http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3801/title=manchester+united+to+defend+title+in+the+international+champions+cup Manchester United will be returning to the United States this summer for the second consecutive year for Tour 2015, 65 years after the club first visited the US. The tour will again see the team taking part in the International Champions Cup, a tournament Manchester United won last summer, beating AS Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool to claim the title. Fixture dates, opposition teams, venues and ticket details for the summer will be announced in the coming weeks. The club is... Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough amongst participants at Bramall Lane sleepout http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3800/title=sheffield+united+boss+nigel+clough+amongst+participants+at+bramall+lane+sleepout Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough was among more than 150 participants to take part in a sponsored sleepout at Bramall Lane. The event, named Sleepout United the first of its kind at Bramall Lane could provide a boost of more than 10,000 to local homeless charities Roundabout and St Wilfrids Centre. Club staff including Clough, Managing Director Mal Brannigan and Head of Finance Richard Poole joined Blades fans from across the region in using... Scunthorpe United Chief Executive James Rodwell re-elected to Football League Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3799/title=scunthorpe+united+chief+executive+james+rodwell+re-elected+to+football+league+board Scunthorpe United Chief Executive, James Rodwell, has been re-elected to the Board of The Football League by League 1 clubs. Rodwell previously served on the Board during his time as Chief Executive of Notts County and stood for the position, once again, after moving to Scunthorpe United to serve in a similar capacity. He will represent League 1 clubs along with Andrew Cullen, Executive Director of MK Dons, who was elected to the Board in October 2014. They will serve alongside Chairman Greg... Head injuries on the agenda for FA experts panel http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3798/title=head+injuries+on+the+agenda+for+fa+experts%26%23039%3B+panel The FA has asked a number of leading professionals in head injury and concussion to form a new independent panel of experts to advise the organisation and football in England on this important subject. The FA has convened the specialists to help the sport continue to review guidelines and expertise across both the elite and recreational parts of the game, to ensure football remains as safe as possible for those participating in it. They will meet for the first time on 13 May 2015, led by eminent... First of 150 grassroots facilities given go-ahead http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3797/title=first+of+150+grassroots+facilities+given+go-ahead Greg Dyke has hailed a decision by Sheffield City Council to grant planning permission for the first city footballing hub as immense. The council gave the go-ahead for the first of what it is anticipated will be the first of 150 such facilities to be built across the country over the next five years. The landmark development at Graves Leisure Centre to the south of the city is the biggest-ever single investment in outdoor sports facilities in the Sheffield. The city already boasts... Soccerex Host Urban Football Festival At Old Granada Studios http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3796/title=soccerex+host+urban+football+festival+at+old+granada+studios+ One of Manchesters most iconic venues, Old Granada Studios, has been chosen as hosts of this years Soccerex Football Festival, taking place on 5-6 September. After its successful launch in the UK last year at Manchester Citys Etihad Campus, the Festival is growing in size and taking on a new and improved concept for 2015. Spread across three distinct areas, covering 1,600+ sqm, the free to attend urban themed Festival will galvanize Manchesters young, passionate and... John Holland Extends Sheffield United Sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3795/title=john+holland+extends+sheffield+united+sponsorship Sheffield-based car dealer John Holland has extended its front-of-shirt sponsorship with Sheffield United for a second season. The John Holland brand and newly-designed logo will appear on the clubs 2015/16 playing strip for competitive games as well as replica shirts, including the new-look 125 anniversary home strip. Sheffield Uniteds Head of Commercial Paul Reeves said: By extending the shirt sponsorship, John Holland has given Sheffield United an opportunity to continue... Players Graduate From Pitch To Boardroom http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3794/title=players+graduate+from+pitch+to+boardroom Footballers from the second cohort of the On The Board Effective Board Member programme graduate at Wembley on Wednesday 15 th April 2015. The ceremony will be attended by graduates and officials from the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), The FA and the League Managers Association (LMA) including Bobby Barnes Deputy Chief Executive at the PFA; Greg Dyke, Chairman of the FA; and Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA. Among the graduates are Chris Hughton, Rachel... Integrity and Athlete Welfare: Staying Ahead of The Game http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3793/title=integrity+and+athlete+welfare%3A+staying+ahead+of+the+game Sport Resolutions 2015 Conference is just four weeks away and has reached 75% capacity. The early bird rate has now ended but its still possible to book your place from 375.00 + VAT or why not take advantage of the multiple discount offer of Buy 2 tickets and receive a 3 rd half-price. Sport Resolutions is also pleased to announce that free networking drinks will be available after the conference on 14 May 2015 in the Sports Bar of the Grange St Pauls Hotel, London... Everton Renew Partnership With Dafabet http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3792/title=everton+renew+partnership+with+dafabet Everton has renewed its partnership with international betting and gaming partner Dafabet for a further three years to the end of the 2017/2018 season. Dafabet first joined as an official partner in the 2012/13 season and is one of Asias leading online gaming sites. Dafabet will offer international supporters a range of promotional offers and competitions as well as providing versions of Evertons official website in both Thailand and China, which will keep Evertons... New Fan Organisation Launched In Scotland http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3791/title=new+fan+organisation+launched+in+scotland A new, independent football supporters organisation has been launched to represent every Scottish football fan with the backing of former Scotland captain Gary McAllister. The Scottish Football Supporters Association is a not-for-profit, members body open to everyone, whether they are individuals, supporters groups or affiliates. Until now Scotland had been the only football nation in Europe not to have an independent fans body. The SFSA already has pledges of support from... Reading’s New Training Ground Gets Green Light http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3790/title=reading%92s+new+training+ground+gets+green+light Reading FCs new training and Academy facility has been given the green light after confirming Wokingham Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission for the development at Bearwood Park in Wokingham. Contracts were initially exchanged with the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation for the purchase of nearly 120 acres of land back in October 2013. Plans were drawn up and openly exhibited to supporters and residents in December 2013, at which point the public were able to view the... SportAccord Welcomes Qatar Financial Centre Authority http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3789/title=sportaccord+welcomes+qatar+financial+centre+authority SportAccord Convention welcomes Qatar Financial Centre Authority as a Bronze Partner for this years World Sport Business Summit, taking place from 19-24 April 2015, at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia. Ahead of the 2019 World Athletics Championship and the FIFA World Cup 2022, business opportunities are thriving across sports-related industries in Qatar, stated Martin Tidestrom, Business Development Director, Qatar Financial Centre Authority. The SportAccord... Football Unites to Tackle Bowel Cancer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3788/title=football+unites+to+tackle+bowel+cancer This April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and players, managers and personalities from the world of professional football will be showing their support for the fourth annual Know the Score campaign. Know the Score will run from 11-18 April and will see clubs, charities and governing bodies, including the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and League Managers Association (LMA), unite to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cause of...