Date: 28th November 2020
Slow But Steady Progress To Report
Over the past six months your SFSA organisation has been working very hard to find a way to be more effective in what we do and how we go about our business. We believe it is essential is that we work harder to ensure that your views are heard by all the stakeholders in the game and that the game is reformed to allow fans a permanent voice on how the game should evolve. Progress has been slow but very positive.
Several months ago, as the pandemic came into full focus, there was a call by Ian Murray, MP for there to be a review of the game in Scotland – see https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53430044
There has been a similar call in England where former Manchester United and England star Gary Neville is calling for a Fan led review of how the game is run. What is recognised everywhere is that fans’ members organisations are not able to reform the game themselves. Additional outside pressure is needed to ensure that the greater community interest outweighs any self-interest and that we as loyal paying customers have a voice.
There is no doubt in our minds that change will only come when public opinion demands reform. With that in mind, we have been holding a series of meetings with senior political influencers to express our views and seek support. Last month we had an SFSA Members’ Zoom Session with Sir Kier Starmer, Angela Rayner and Richard Leonard from the Labour Party and this week we had a meeting with Joe Fitzpartrick, MP the Minister for Sport and Health. These meetings have been productive, and we have agreed further steps to be taken. In addition to that, our next SFSA Members’ Monthly Zoom call will see us host Ian Blackford, MP leader of the SNP in Westminster. Places for the session will be allocated on a 1st come basis.
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