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.

Supporter Liaison Officer Development Day

Tuesday the 31st of October saw us welcome Supporter Liaison Officers from 13 SPFL clubs along with a range of stakeholders including Scottish FA and Scottish Government representatives for our third Development Day of 2017.

Our SLO Development Days are designed to help clubs and those in the Supporter Liaison Officer role network, hear from a range of relevant speakers and share best practice.

We were delighted to welcome a excellent range of speakers to our event on Tuesday including Greig Mailer of the Scottish FA who delivered a presentation on the value of communication, Sirri Topping from Leaps Scotland who presented on their Football vs Homophobia project, Police Scotland who outlined their ‘Pitchin’ In’ project, JP Taylor of Celtic who discussed the clubs’ fans who were recently awarded ‘Best Fans in the World’ award and the Parkhead Housing Association who screened their ‘Don’t Be Mean, Keep It Clean’ campaign video.

SLOs had opportunities to review the first draft of our new SLO Handbook and network throughout the day.

Scottish Football Fans Raise Over £700 for Amputee Football

Using Supporters Direct Scotland's newly launched crowdfunding platform 'Build A Winning Club', fans have come together to help raise funds to help the very worthy Scottish Amputee Football Association meet the costs associated with hosting an international tournament – from venue hire, player accommodation, officials’ fees and travel costs to family entertainment and strips. Funds raised during this campaign will also go towards the charity’s newly launched #LegOffGameOn Amputee Football Roadshow, a nationwide development programme aimed at delivering amputee football taster sessions at clubs across Scotland to encourage uptake in the discipline.

Raising the funds have been made possible through Supporters Direct's 'Build A Winning Club' platfrom which enables communities to raise capital for projects around their clubs, which could include ownership. This applies to all levels of sport in Scotland from professional clubs to grassroots community clubs.

Hate Crime Consultations - Supporters Views Wanted

We've been invited to participate in Lord Bracadale's independent review of hate crime legilsation in Scotland. Please help inform our response by completing this survey to ensure fans' views are represented in a meaningful way. 

Families Wanted For Study To Explore Fandom and Physical Activity

In recent years the UK Government have financially invested in and provided support for grassroots sporting activities. They have also targeted specific groups who they believe would benefit from taking part in some form of exercise as there is recognition that such activity can improve health and enrich lives. However, the way in which motivation for physically participating in sporting activity has been measured has focused on the attitudes and performances of the individual rather than a collective or family group.

Club Development Scotland, Supporters Direct Scotland's consultancy service, is researching with the University of Stirling to explore what motivates families, individually and collectively, to take part in physical sporting activities. We are particularly interested in whether the individual or team sports of which you are a fan influence your decision to physically participate in sport.

  • If you’d like to volunteer your family as part of this research, please contact andrew@clubdevelopment.scot with some basic information about those who would be involved. ‘Families’ are considered as single parent, blended/step parent as well as traditional.

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.

New Supporters Direct Crowdfunding Platform Launched

We're delighted to share our brand new crowdfunding platform to help you Build A Winning Club.

Our platform enables communities to raise capital for projects around their clubs, which could include ownership. This applies to all levels of sport in Scotland from professional clubs to grassroots community clubs.

Supporters Direct have worked with football supporters across the UK to help empower them to play a greater role in their club, through engagement, and ultimately ownership. To date, we've helped groups raise over £6m in community shares and other forms of crowdfunding.

  • Make your dream a reality now and get in touch about how we can help you build a winning club. E-mail us at andrew@clubdevelopment.scot for more information.

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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