Welcome to the 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.

Last Chance To Complete This Year's Supporters Survey!

By Christoph Roser at AllAboutLean.com under the free CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

The deadline for completing this year's Scottish Football Supporters Survey has been extended, so you now have just a few days left to ensure that your views are included.

Go to http://www.scottishsupporters.net/survey/ - the survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and will allow us to present your opinions to both the football authorities and the clubs, and will help us shape our policy approach over the next year.

Clyde and FansBet Partnership

Clyde FC are the latest Scottish club to sign up as a FansBet fan partner.

Run by lifelong match-goers, FansBet pride themselves as being the only bookmaker which promises to share a generous 50% of their net profits with fans, while maintaining rigorous standards towards safe, enjoyable, responsible gambling.

Fans are given the option to select who they support when they join up and anyone who selects Clyde during registration can rest assured that if their bet wins they will receive their winnings in the normal way, while any unsuccessful bets can still help Clyde raise funds which will then be spent in various ways to benefit their club and supporters.

Clyde director, Gordon Thomson said: "Clyde FC are delighted to partner with FansBet and we're impressed by the company's approach to responsible gaming and their commitment to helping clubs like The Bully Wee. For supporters who enjoy betting, switching to FansBet is an easy way in which they can help the club."

Sam McMahon, FansBet Ops Manager said: "It's great for us to be able to support Clyde FC and raise funds to support the club and their fans. We really can't wait to hear the great ways in which this new partnership will benefit those who follow Clyde both home and away."

Police Scotland and SFRS Pyrotechnics Survey

Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to hear Scottish football supporters' views on people’s use of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs, bangers) inside and outside football stadiums and at other public events. This short survey should only take 2 minutes to complete.

The results are confidential and individual responses are for internal use only. The consultation closes on 13th October.


And finally...

Articles, podcasts and videos from the archive

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. Celtic Should Have Best Club Shop In The World!
  2. Looking At The Role Of Solo Striker For Scotland
  3. Tough International Week Coming Up For Scotland
  4. Why Scotland Need To Recall Leigh Griffiths
  5. The Difference Between Hearts On The Pitch And Off It Is Stark

You can also check out our back catalogue of podcast episodes and subscribe to Behind The Goals using your favoured ‘podcatcher’ here.

Earlier this year, one of Scotland’s oldest non-league football clubs warned it may have to fold without new committee members getting involved in the running of the club.

Maryhill FC was founded in 1884 and currently play in the junior West Region league division one. Famous former players include ex-Celtic and Scotland legend Tommy Burns and Jim Duffy, the ex-Celtic and Patrick Thistle player and now Dumbarton manager.

We spoke to the club about their volunteer recruitment drive and the value of volunteers to football in Scotland.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more!

Supporters Direct Scotland and our partners at FansBet are committed to helping football supporters enjoy responsible gambling; for many this is an integral part of their match day experience.

We have selected GamCare as our recommended support service for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. GamCare operate the National Gambling Helpline (whose advisers are available on 0808 8020 133 or via web chat at www.gamcare.org), 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.

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