Supporter’s Summit 2014 at Wembley Stadium
Below are extracts from an article by Supporters Direct (SD) concerning the Annual Supporters Summit which is being held at Wembley Stadium on Sat 26th July 2014. It is a joint event by SD and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and is aimed at bringing supporters together to discuss the challenging issues facing the industry.
Tickets are now on sale and information is given below.
A spokesman for SD said:
“This is we believe a pivotal moment in the life of our national game. In the past 24 hours, we have witnessed an outpouring of anger and frustration about how we as fans are being treated. The fact that we’re barely given a second thought in decisions that directly affect us is sadly nothing new: But we can change that, if we work together.”
“So we ask you, that if you think that it’s important to safeguard our football pyramid; if you agree with us that what happens to Hull City, Coventry City or Hereford United is important; you agree with the fans of Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea that our game, at all levels, must make decisions with fans and communities front and centre, then we want you there on July 26th.”
Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the FSF, said:
“We’ve made big strides in the past year thanks to fan activism and that pressure needs to be maintained. Whether it’s the Football League saying “yes” to safe standing or the Premier League’s renewed focus on away fans and the issues they face, there’s clear evidence that supporters can make a difference if we speak with one voice. It’s an exciting time for both the FSF and SD and I’d encourage all fans to come to the Supporters Summit on Saturday 26th July. Get involved.”
The programme for the day will include sessions on how football can in the future introduce rules to protect club identity – highly relevant following the cases involving Hull City and Cardiff City, ‘Away Fans Matter’, continuing the season’s work of the FSF on the campaign, a session on Financial Fair Play in the UK and Europe, and Safety Advisory Groups – the all-seeing, though relatively unknown bodies who make many of the big decisions on matches.
Finally the event will include a ‘knockabout’ discussion and Q&A at the end of the day hosted by football magazine, The Blizzard.
Early Bird registration is now open for the Supporters Summit 2014 – and you can save money if you book now!
We’ve deliberately set our Early Bird Rate at a low price to ensure that it’s affordable for the ordinary fan.
If you book before 1st July It’s only £15 for a member of a supporters’ trust, supporters’ club, or individual Football Supporters Federation member; or £20 for a non-member. Corporate prices are also available.
FREE TOUR* : Delegates will also receive a free Wembley Stadium Tour which gives you the chance to relive your greatest moments, and create some new ones, as you go behind-the-scenes at the most famous stadium in the world.
The FSF and SD AGM’s will both be taking place at Wembley as follows;
• FSF: Friday 25th July, 16:30
• SD: Friday 25th July, 18:30
NB: The AGM’s will not overlap as they are scheduled so members can attend both if they wish
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Supporters Summit 2014 is for supporters of football, Rugby League, and other spectator sports clubs, whether individuals or part of supporters’ organisations. It is a great place to have your voice heard and learn learn more about how clubs are run, and about how the world of football and sport works.
Football stakeholders (clubs, leagues, associations)
The Summit provides a great platform to discover real-time fan issues as well as providing an opportunity to develop relationships between fans and the game’s other key stakeholders. From Supporter Liaison Officers at clubs, to the regulators of the game’s finances, or anywhere in between, if supporters are relevant for your work, then you should be here.
If your organisation is interested in engaging with fans, then this is the place to come – the largest and most significant gathering of influential fans and supporter groups in the UK.
We have an exciting, informative and engaging day planned, and we expect to announce more speakers in the coming weeks, with one or two other special guests in the pipeline….
Travel & Accommodation
We have negotiated a preferential rate with Hilton @ Wembley and this will be available shortly for those who wish to stay over, although please note that other hotels, bed & breakfasts are available in close proximity.
The early bird window is now open and closes on Monday 1st July so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
For booking enquiries, please go to: https://supporterssummit2014.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Vicki Goodfellow (firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 20 7250 8138)
*Stadium Tours must be pre-booked. Details of tours will be sent to registered delegates closer