(Post-event note: You can read a summary round-up of the FSF AGM 2017 here.)
The Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct will host the joint annual Supporters Summit at St George's Park, Burton-Upon-Trent, on 1st and 2nd July 2017, in partnership with the FA.
The event brings fans together from across the UK, from clubs and supporter organisations, to debate the issues at the heart of the game. The Supporters Summit takes place on Saturday and the FSF's AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd July. Both events are at St George's Park.
Supporters Summit (Saturday 1st July):
- 10.30am - Opening Plenary
- Clubs in crisis - Supporters at several clubs are suffering at the hands of incompetent owners and in many cases the relationships between the club and the fans has broken down completely. We will hear from supporter organisations at the forefront of protests to encourage regime change - Blackpool Supporters' Trust, Leyton Orient Fans' Trust and Sky Blues Trust. How have fans challenged their clubs? What do they want from the authorities? Chaired by Ashley Brown (Supporters Direct).
- 11.45am - Morning workshops
- Preventing Child Abuse in Football, What Role Can Fans Play? - The role fans have to safeguard children participating in the game at all levels and how to create a supportive environment so that survivors feel comfortable reporting abuse. Speakers: Phil Frampton (White Flowers), Richard Scorer (Head of the abuse team at Slater Gordon solicitors), Kim Harrison (Principle solicitor at Slater Gordon) and David Lean (former professional footballer and Barry Bennell abuse survivor).
- Regulatory reform - Following on from the opening session looking at some of the problems in the game this workshop will identify where there have been regulatory failings, what could have prevented them and what we can do about it. The session will identify and debate a wide-ranging set of proposals to improve the game.
- Structured Dialogue (part 1) - The first of our sessions on structured dialogue will introduce the commitments and the joint findings from SD/FSF to see how structured dialogue at club level is working after the first season. We will hear how Fulham FC are embracing this opportunity, alongside plans to develop the current obligations in the professional and non-league game.
- Video Assisted Refereeing - Neale Barry, Head of Senior Referee Development at the FA and former PL and EFL ref, will provide a presentation on how video technology will assist referees in the near future. It's a great chance for fans to understand when, where and why the technology will be called upon. Neale will also be summarising rule changes for the forthcoming season.
- 1.15pm - Lunch
- 2.30pm - Afternoon workshops
- Away Ticket Prices in the EFL - After the success of campaigns in the Premier League how can we tackle some of the eye watering ticket prices in the EFL? Where and how should the pressure be applied and what should supporters be aiming for.
- Football Finance - Leading football executive Trevor Birch will give his unique insight into football finance and how he sees the game evolving with new owners, investment and money continuing to change the landscape.
- Structured Dialogue (part 2) - The second structured dialogue session will focus on those more sensitive areas of confidentiality, finance and strategy which are essential to building trust between club leaders and their supporters. We will be joined by leading sports lawyers Gateley PLC as well as former West Ham Finance Director Nick Igoe to provide practical support to supporters at the sharp end of this process.
- Supporter Takeovers - We will be joined by leading figures behind the Foundation of Hearts and Big Bath Bid groups which have led Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Bath City F.C. into supporter ownership, to consider what supporters looking to follow their path can learn and their plans for the future.
- Watching Football Is Not a Crime! This is your opportunity to ask the industry experts for their views and opinions about matchday safety and football exclusive legislation. There will also be an opportunity for West Midlands Police to talk about their innovative work with problematic fans which looks at addressing their behaviour rather than simply resorting to the criminal justice system. Sgt Mick Wilkinson from the WMP Football Unit, Bob Eastwood from the English Football League and Tim Gant from the UK Football Policing Unit will be panellists hosted by FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks.
- 4.15pm - Closing Plenary: We are delighted that David Conn (journalist, The Guardian and author) will be addressing the Summit at the closing plenary.
- 5.00pm - Other activities including SGP Tour
FSF AGM (Sunday 1st July):
- Starts - 12.30pm
- Ends - 3.30pm (approx)
- Read more on the FSF AGM including National Council elections and motions here...
Accommodation and travel:
- There is limited availability at the Hilton at St. George’s Park available to delegates. There are other accommodation options in Burton-upon-Trent such as Travelodge and Premier Inn. Please remember that St George's Park is a 10-15 minute taxi journey from Burton so needs to be taken into consideration when looking at cost savings.
- St George's Park is approximately a 15 minute drive to Burton-upon-Trent railway station. We will provide a couple of shuttle buses to the venue from the station on Saturday morning. Further information will be provided in the week leading up to the event. Parking at St George's Park is free.
- For further information it's worth checking out National Rail and/or Google Maps.
Last year’s Supporters Summit, held in Wembley, included debates on the EFL's Whole Game Solution, the Twenty's Plenty campaign, diversity, away fans and much more. For further information on FSF AGMs dating back to 2008, see the panel (to the top right on desktop, below on mobile devices).
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