Date: 27th October 2015
With nearly 45,000 supporters already connected and more fan groups joining all the time, the Scottish Football Supporters Association – Scotland’s ONLY independent network for ALL fans – is really starting to make waves in its ambitious aim to ‘reclaim the game’ for supporters and communities. It will hold it’s second Board Meeting in late November and welcomes any questions from supporters of any club.
Run entirely voluntarily, SFSA has grown in a matter of weeks to the largest network of supporters in Scotland, and is planning the launch of a supporter-driven manifesto for the future of the game, before the end of the year.
That was one of a number of initiatives discussed the organisation’s board, which draws expertise from across the game, including Maureen McGonigle, founder of Scottish Women in Sport, who urged SFSA to make women’s participation one of its focuses.
SFSA is pleased to have the highly experienced Paul Goodwin as one of its driving forces, along with high-profile ambassadors like former Scotland captain Gary McAllister and former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish.
Simon Barrow, from the Dumbarton FC trust, who chaired the first full meeting, commented: “It was a really upbeat meeting. An autonomous, supporter driven organization for the reform of Scottish football is just what is needed right now.
“We are also pleased to have had positive discussion about the future with the Scottish government and its executive arm. They recognize the important role that the Scottish Football Supporters Association can play in moving the game forward.”
The government, which has previously helped finance the London-headquartered Supporters Direct’s Scottish-based branch office, will not be continuing that funding, but is looking to contract for particular services that fit its health and well being agenda.
SFSA is still in the process of establishing its structures, but is already involved in in-depth research on how fans see the future of football in Scotland, and is very much “up to the challenge”, the new board says.
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