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.

SD Scotland Visit Pollok FC as Part of New Club Development Scotland Series

As part of our work to promote and support clubs across Scotland, we’ve launched a new series of videos taking a look at some of the extensive and great work happening at all levels of Scottish football.

Our ‘Club Development Scotland’ series will focus upon how clubs are delivering a wider impact within their local communities and kicks off with a visit to Pollok FC.

Pollok United were recently visited by UEFA President Mr Čeferin. Pollok United possess a thriving girls section, and Mr Čeferin’s visit not only highlighted UEFA’s new #EqualGame campaign promoting diversity, inclusion and accessibility to football for all, but also the European body’s Together #WePlayStrong initiative aimed at encouraging more girls to play football.

Let's Start A Female Revolution

From our blog, Scott Johnston has his say about why Scottish football should be doing more to encourage female attendances at games. An extract here:

"While I don’t think Scottish sides actively discourage female participation, more clubs are starting ladies teams for example, I also don’t think they necessarily do enough to encourage more involvement from the female population.

When I say they could do more, I am calling for a whole lot more. It all starts from the stands, we need more women coming through the terraces. We should look at bringing in discounted ticket schemes for single or season tickets."

The SLO Interviews – Sean McHugh / Hamilton Acccies FC

As part of our work developing the Supporter Liaison Officer role in Scottish football, ensuring that fans have a point of contact and line of dialogue with their clubs, we’re seeking to promote the role via a series of interviews with people in the role across SPFL clubs.

Our third interview in the series is with Sean McHugh, the Supporters Liaison Officer at Hamilton Academical FC.

February Competition Winner

Congratulations to Twitter's @AJR2022, @AikidoRog, @Glasgow1914 & @darrenjwood on winning two tickets each for Bryan Jackon's upcoming comedy 'The Pieman Cometh'. 

The Pieman Commeth is a new comedy about the addiction and insanity of Scottish Football based on Bryan’s experiences of being the Administrator of 6 football clubs. Bryan worked on the administrations of Dundee, Clydebank, Portsmouth, Motherwell, Hearts and Dunfermline. In the majority of these cases, Bryan successfully transferred the ownership of the club to the community. Bryan will be joining us on the SD Scotland 'Behind the Goals' Podcast (see below) in March to discuss his adventures in Scottish football further. 

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 had Graeme and Keith Easton (the matchday announcement team at Hampden Park), Niamh O'Mahony of Cork City (and our friends at SD Europe) and investigative report Andrew Jennings all on the podcast. 

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

On The Forum

Current topics on the SDS FanVox Forum we're asking for your input on include:


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 10 relevant stories from the past month.

  1. New club targets Scottish Premiership by 2025
  2. U12s to go free at IRN-BRU Cup Final
  3. Celtic Launch Disability Access Officer Twitter Account
  4. Million Seater Stadium Charity Launched to Tackle Homelessness through Football
  5. Huddersfield Town: what role do fans have at a well run club?
  6. Female football fan? Have your say on the perceptions and experiences of female fans in Scottish Football
  7. Do clubs understand fans' journeys?
  8. SFA plan to buy Hampden in a deal that could cost just £2million
  9. Key dates across Scottish football for season 2018/19
  10. And Stewart Gilmour asks 'Do the big clubs care about Scottish football - or is this just a power grab to make them more cash?'

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