Supporters’ Direct Media Briefing (Oct 5th)

5th October, 2012

Trust News 

Corby Town Supporters’ Trust to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Non League Day
Corby Town host Altrincham at Steel Park in the Blue Square Bet North on Non League Day, and are inviting the people of Corby and beyond to help raise money for a good cause and turn Steel Park pink.

Corby Town Football Club, in partnership with the Corby Town Supporters’ Trust will be raising money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, and have planned a number of fun activities for the day.

Festivities will kick off at 1pm, when an Under 16 sponsored walk will take place around the perimeter of the Steel Park pitch. Sponsorship forms are available to download at for anybody interested in taking part.

There will also be competitions and prizes running throughout the day, half-time entertainment, pink refreshments and stalls raising money for Breakthrough.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to saving lives by finding the causes of breast cancer, improving detection, diagnosis, treatment and services. In addition to raising money at the match, the Corby Town Supporters Trust are holding a charity launch party on Friday 12th October at Corby Rugby Club. Tickets are available for just £1.

The organisers would also like to encourage everybody attending the match to wear something pink in support of the event, with the Corby Town players wearing the club’s 2012/13 pink away kit. 

One of our own takes to the catwalk
Next week Doug Harper, 50, an activist and director of the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust, will conquer the catwalk to show you can look glamorous and feel amazing after breast cancer diagnosis. He will be taking part in Breast Cancer Care’s London Fashion Show on Wednesday October 3rd at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. For more details, please visit Doug’s blog

Iron Trust to work with Scunthorpe United  
Scunthorpe United Football Club and the Iron Trust (Scunthorpe United Supporters Society) have agreed a series of steps designed to build a strong link between the Club and the Trust, which could eventually lead to representation on the Board of Directors. To find out more, visit the Iron Trust website.  

FC Minithon – October 21st  
The annual FC Minithon, organised for the benefit of ACE Centre North, FC United of Manchester, Rochdale Hornets and the Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative, is scheduled for October 21st. For a taster of what’s in store, click here, and to find out more, visit the FCUM website.  

Blue and Gold Trust receive Community Fund Grant
The Blue and Gold Supporters’ Trust have recently been awarded a grant by the Co-operative Community Fund, which will be used to expand the Trust’s pre-existing activities in their local community. These are based around using sport as a means of personal development for young people. To find out more, click here

Wycombe Wanderers featured on Guardian Social Enterprise Network 
Having become the latest supporters’ trust to take ownership of their club over the summer, Wycombe Wanderers Supporters’ Trust have enjoyed a whirlwind few weeks. Director Matt Clarke penned an interesting piece documenting the Trust’s journey and aims for the Guardian Social Enterprise Network, which can be read by clicking here.  

Silkmen Supporters’ Trust receive share boost  
Good news for the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust this month, with confirmation that Bodycote PLC, a former sponsor and major shareholder in Macclesfield Town FC, have agreed to transfer its entire shareholding over to the Trust. This takes the Trust’s total holding to almost 40,000 shares. To find out more about the SST, visit their website

Leeds United’ Trust responds to Ken Bates’ update  
With the ongoing speculation surrounding a potential takeover, Leeds United chairman Ken Bates recently broke his silence to deliver an update on the situation – and a number of attacks on the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust. To read their response, click here.   

Cambridge Fans United commission banners depicting club’s history
Cambridge Fans United have recently commissioned four banners depicting the history of their club, which were available to view prior to CUFC’s home match against Kidderminster on September 25th. This is all part of the 100 Years of Coconuts project, celebrating the club’s centenary. To find out more, visit the CFU website

News from Scotland

Dons Trust meet with executive vice chairman   
The Dons Supporters’ Trust recently met with Aberdeen executive vice chairman George Yule, to discuss how supporters can be involved in the future development and improvement of the club. To read more about the meeting, click here

Killie Trust Masterchef
On Monday 17th September, the first Killie Trust Masterchef took place. The fiercely contended cook off took place at the Cook School Scotland in Kilmarnock and contestants had travelled from as far as Glasgow to take part in this prestigious culinary competition. To find out more, click here.

Dundee FC Supporters’ Society at Scottish Dementia Awards
On September 20th, Society Directors Jacqui Robertson and Grant Cook were joined by Dundee FC legend Pat Liney on a trip to Hampden Park for the Scottish Dementia Awards after the Society had been shortlisted in the “Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative” category for their involvement with the Football Reminiscence Project. To find out more, click here.  

Reminder: Scottish Council election
Voting is now open for four seats on the SD Scottish Council. All nominated primary contacts for a full member Scottish football supporters trust should have received further details via email. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Goodfellow

News from Europe

UEFA withhold 2011/12 prize money from 23 clubs
Earlier this month, the UEFA Club Financial Control Body investigatory chamber announced that 23 clubs involved in the Champions and Europa Leagues last season have had payment of their prize money temporarily withheld pending further investigation; as part of the financial fair play requirements included in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. To find out more, click here

UEFA & EU Think Tank Conference on Safety and Security  
SD Europe was among the organisations present at the annual UEFA and EU Think Tank Conference on Safety and Security in Vienna on September 13th. Stuart Dykes, SLO Project Consultant, discussed the progression of the Supporter Liaison Officer project, and how it can ensure supporters’ views are taken into account by clubs. To find out more about the SLO project, click here

SD Europe present at EU Sport Forum 2012
SD Europe was one of over 200 delegates present at the annual EU Sports Forum, intended to provide “an opportunity for the Commission to inform the sport movement about its current proposals and to listen to their views”. The main point of discussion was the Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership project; which is coordinated by SD and involves nine partners from the European trust movement. To find out more about the Sport Forum, click here

HSV Supporters’ Club receive Sport-Bild award for Best Fan Action  
On August 28th, SD Affiliate HSV Supporters’ Club won the award for Best Fan Action at the annual Sport-Bild Awards, for their ‘Wir für Euch, Ihr für uns! Immer Erste Liga!’ (which literally translates to ‘Us for You, You for Us! Always First League!’) campaign. To find out more (and to see the Choreo) click here

FARE Action Weeks, October 16th – 31st
The FARE Action Weeks are aimed at uniting supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by other forms of discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past. To find out how you can be a part of this year’s initiatives, click here.

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