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.

2018 Supporters Summit – Book Now!

The 2018 Supporters Summit will be held at Fir Park, home of fan owned Motherwell FC, on Saturday the 8th of September. Tickets are now available from the event’s Eventbrite page.

If you’re an individual member of Supporters Direct Scotland – simply get in touch with us for your free ticket to the Summit (info@supporters-direct.scot). You can get free entrance to the Summit and our other events by becoming an individual member of the organisation and paying whatever you like via our Patreon page.

We will keep you updated with details of speakers in due course, but in the meantime, why not check out highlights from last year’s Summit here?

Become a Member!

Since incorporating in Scotland at the end of last year we have been reviewing our membership structure. Renewals are underway for our existing member Trusts, at the new cost of £50 per year (previously £100), and we welcome new applications from democratic supporters groups (full criteria for membership are available on request).

And for the first time, we are opening up our membership to individuals as well as supporter groups. If you would like to join as an Individual Member you can do so on a pay-as-you like basis via the Scottish Supporters Network Patreon page.

Group and individual members can attend our annual Supporters Summit free of charge, will receive news of all SDS work and publications, and can stand for election to the SDS board.

We are committed to keeping all of our work accessible to everyone, whether members or not. To keep up-to-date you can become an Affiliate Member by joining the Scottish Supporters Network free of charge.

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Scottish Supporters Network announce partnership with Fansbet

We are delighted to announce the partnership with Fansbet, the one of a kind betting platform which shares their net profits with the fan community. The Scottish Supporters Network and Fansbet share the same values around the empowerment of fans, and we are excited about what we can achieve together.

Fansbet was founded by match going football fans, it is operated in the UK and beyond by match going football fans and the whole approach is about fans, of all clubs across all sports. They have committed to sharing 50% of net profit from players who can choose an established group in the football supporting community to be the beneficiary for causes that matter to them the most. They recognise that sometimes a person’s loyalty to a sport or a team they love can go unrewarded and they want to give them a chance to feel differently. Whether the cause be ownership, tickets, travel or something more diverse or community based they want to give to fan partners the opportunity to make a difference and feel good about doing so.

At the Scottish Supporters Network we are acutely aware of the need for responsible gambling, and we were hugely impressed with the approach taken by Fansbet towards this. This is a business that already has many facilities to help players enjoy responsible gaming and they take their regulatory responsibilities very seriously. In addition, we have selected GamCare as our recommended support service for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. GamCare operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for problem gamblers and their families, create awareness about responsible gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to responsible gambling within the gambling industry.

Fan culture and the match day experience matters to us and our partnership will help to make a difference to so many. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership together.

Scottish Football Memories

To celebrate the release of Steve Finan's new book, Lifted Over The Turnstiles, DC Thomson have created an interactive timeline highlighting the greatest and most memorable moments in Scottish football history. 

Whether it's the legendary Lisbon Lions' win over Inter Milan, or Ferguson's glory in Gothenburg against Real Madrid, there are countless memories that fans will never forget. These unbelievable passages of play, surprise triumphs and last minute winners were chosen by fans as the defining moments to feature in our Scottish Football Memories content. 

You can check it out here: https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/scottish-football-memories

Behind The Goals Podcast

Each week we bring you a new episode looking at a different aspect of our game. 

Since the last Scottish Supporters Network newsletter, we've spoken to:

Check out all our previous episodes and subscribe to the podcast using your favoured ‘podcatcher’ here.

Round Up

As part of our objective to better connect fans, share best practice within Scottish sport, to promote supporter dialogue and promote sport clubs through which positive societal change can occur, here we share some relevant stories from the past month.

  1. Can Scottish Top Flight Sides Do More To Promote Charities?
  2. Can Aberdeen Compete Next Term?
  3. Scotland Need To Sort Out Own Issues & Forget Copying Others
  4. Here’s Hoping Scottish Teams Can Do Better In Europe
  5. Can Jack Ross Spark More Scottish Coaching Success In England?

Want to have your say? Contact us at info@supporters-direct.scot

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