Welcome to the new Scottish Supporters Network newsletter, brought to you by Supporters Direct Scotland. This newsletter aims to bring our members closer together and better informed of news and best practice from across the network.

'Don't be Mean, Keep it Clean!'

Schoolchildren have made their own animated film to tackle football fans’ match-day behaviour.

The children made history when their film premiered at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden on Tues 17 October. 

The children have taken a humorous off-beat approach to their film – asking fans to imagine what it would be like if fans treated the pitch the same way they treat the streets on the way to the match.

Living near a stadium, the children are fed up with fans dropping litter and urinating on the streets where they play. Their film is an entertaining wake-up call for fans. Their message: ‘you wouldn’t litter or pee on the pitch, so please respect our streets on you way to the game’.

Young film-maker Ellie, 12, said “We thought if we make adults laugh, they’ll be more likely to listen to us”. Nathan, 14, said “It was my first time making a film. It was fun, but it took longer than I thought. We had to take 10 pictures for every second of animation”. Keira, 14, said “The best thing ever was doing all the sound effects ourselves. It’s so cool, the sounds you can make from everyday objects.”

Community Activist Angela Jamieson, who came up with the idea for the film, said “Living beside a football stadium I was fed up with fans leaving litter and worse in our streets where we live. I was worried for my grandkids. We had no way of getting through to fans, so I came up with the idea of a film made by local children. I got film-makers media co-op in to show the children how to make their own animation. I’m so proud of how well they did: they made the point and they made it funny too. I bet fans all over Scotland will listen to the kids.”  

The 90-second film, ‘Don’t Be Mean, Keep it Clean’ is a community project funded by the Big Lottery, led by community partners Parkhead Housing Association, Playbusters, Thriving Places Parkhead and Supporters Direct Scotland.

Andrew Jenkin of Supporters Direct Scotland said “Supporters Direct is all about giving a voice to football fans. This film is a great way to give a voice to local residents near stadiums. We’re proud to be part of it.”

 

Support the National Amputee Team

We're asking football fans to help fund Scotland’s newly formed national amputee football team as it makes its international debut on home soil. Scotland Amputees will face The Netherlands on 28 October, for what will be the side’s first ever home international game.

We're seeking to raise £1000 through the generosity of football fans to crowdfund the costs associated with hosting the fixture – from venue hire, player accommodation, officials’ fees and travel costs to family entertainment and strips. 

The campaign has already raised £700. Please help us raise the remaining £300!

Independent Review of alleged non-recent child sexual abuse in Scottish football

An Independent Review Team looking at the cases of alleged non-recent child sexual abuse in Scottish football have contacted SD Scotland stating they believe it is important that football supporters are offered an opportunity to make a constructive contribution to the review.

The contribution invited should focus on what changes and improvements supporters think need to be made to make our national game safer (bearing in mind the Review concerns matters of sexual abuse and harm) for children and young people at all levels including those who are on a pathway to elite participation and the professional game.

CAFE Week of Action 2018 launched – join the celebration of access and inclusion

CAFE is delighted to announce that the CAFE Week of Action 2018 - Total Football Total Access - will take place on 3-11 March 2018.

The CAFE Week of Action is an annual event to celebrate the wider inclusion of disabled people within football, the world’s most popular game.

CAFE is inviting disabled supporters groups, clubs, venues, leagues, European national associations and all other stakeholders to get involved and take part in the CAFE Week of Action 2018.

Next SLO Development Day Announced

SD Scotland are pleased to announce their next Supporter Liasion Officer Development Day will take place on the 31st of October at Hampden Park. 

Following the successes of Development Days in March and July this year, SD Scotland will be hosting another event to bring SLOs together from a range of SPFL clubs to share best practice and network. 

SD Scotland are also pleased to have been invited by UEFA to present on their work developing the SLO role with the Scottish FA and will present their work at a Conference in Austria next month.

Co-operative values can give fans a lasting role at football clubs

Whether it is the musings of Gordon Strachan, the Scotland manager, on whether genetics are to blame for not qualifying for the World Cup finals, Barcelona agitating to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for close to the £198m fee they received for Neymar, or the latest multi-million bidding war for media rights for the Premier League warming up towards a year-end conclusion, football's big talking points can seem well removed from the influence and involvement of supporters.

From The Network

One of our objectives as an organisation is to help better connect fans and fan groups with one another. Here we share news from across our network. 

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