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    Post by Rickd on Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:11 am

    15 July 2011 to 16 July 2011
    SD Fans' Weekend (including Annual Conference & SD Cup)
    Annual Conference 2011 and Comedy Night venue: The Queen Hotel, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH

    Fans' Day, including The SD Cup: Chester FC, Bumper Lane, Chester CH1 4LT

    Register online

    The SD Fans' Weekend which includes the SD Annual Conference and SD Cup will take place in Chester, on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2011. The Conference will be held at The Queen Hotel on the Friday and the SD Cup will form part of a Fans' Day held on the Saturday at the Exacta Stadium, home of Chester FC.

    Following on from 2010's event, we are hoping that this year's edition will be our most successful yet, and are sure that it has something for everyone. David Conn, David Goldblatt, Mark Bradley, senior figures from the Football authorities and much, much more. Early bird rates for both days are £37 for members of a Supporters Trust and £42 for non-members; or you can pick and choose which events you sign up for.

    Attractions for the Fans' day include stands for various organisations, a marquee that will host the speakers for the day, a BBQ and the prestigious Supporters Direct Cup match, contested this year by Chester FC and FC United.

    We are delighted to confirm that our charity partner for this year's conference will be the Homeless World Cup. This is a unique social enterprise, aiming to end homelessness around the world. £1 from every ticket sold for the conference, comedy night and Supporters Direct Cup will be donated to this great cause.

    Friday 15th July: Annual Conference and Comedy Night

    Start time 1130 End time 1230 Registration

    12:30 13:30 Opening plenary:

    Launch of working papers

    Raising Finance
    Business advantages of Community Ownership

    13:30 14:30 Lunch

    14:30 15:30 Workshop stands - session 1

    15:45 16:45 Workshop strands - session 2

    16:45 17:15 Break

    17:15 18:30 Closing plenary

    18:30 AGM

    20:00 23:00 Comedy Night

    Saturday 16th July: Fans' Day, including the SD Cup

    Start time 12.00 End time 14:00 Activities begin

    15:00 17:00 Supporters Direct Cup

    18:00 19:00 Man of the Match presentation


    Friday's Conference

    We'll be unveiling two of our five 2011 working papers; 'Financing Community Ownership & Supporter Involvement' and 'Business Advantages of Supporter & Community Ownership'. These will be launched at the opening plenary and followed by two practical workshops.

    There will be five themed strands, each strand will have one or two sessions. The first strand will hopefully provide both inspiration to all supporters' trusts and individuals that want to see a transformation of ownership both at their clubs and across the game.

    A second strand of workshops will focus on Policy and Regulation. The session will include presentations on the Policy & Regulation publications that will be launched in May: Developing Public Policy to Encourage Community Ownership in Football and Regulating Football for Greater Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership.

    The Policy and Regulation workshops follow on the heels of the Depart of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committees' Review of Football Governance and also the proposed Localism Bill; which includes a Community Right to Buy of Community Assets. The strand will be useful and thought-provoking to all supporters' trusts and individuals that want to take a closer look at these areas, which are steadily growing in prominence as a topic for discussion amongst those who believe football must be reformed to enable greater sustainability and greater supporter involvement in the governance of clubs.

    A third strand will provide training for supporters trusts, including guidance on the revised Model Rules and Working with other Supporters Groups.

    A fourth strand will hear from our friends working in Europe, examining the implications of UEFA's Financial Fair Play legislation, the introduction of Supporter Liaison Officers, and the continuing evolution of fan culture on the continent.

    Finally, there will be a strand for supporter-owned and community-controlled clubs, which will take a look at good practice, common issues and hear from a guest presenter. Also invited will be supporters' trusts with ambitions of working in these areas.

    The day will finish with our Annual General Meeting.

    Admission starts from £15, which includes a meal. If you also pay for the comedy night some food will be provided between the two events.

    Please note: details are subject to change

    Opening plenary

    We'll be launching two of our five 2011 working papers; 'Financing Community Ownership & Supporter Involvement' and 'Business Advantages of Supporter & Community Ownership'.

    Workshop Strand Information

    There will be five strands running over one or two sessions. When registering you must let us know which strand you are most interested in attending although you are able to mix and match which sessions you attend. Further details on the individual session in each strand will be published in due course.

    Strand 1 - Inspiring and Enabling Supporter Ownership

    The workshops will take a closer and practical look at the two papers launched at the Conference including case studies and presentations from some clubs.

    The first session will hopefully inspire and give confidence to supporters' trusts and individuals alike as to the advantages and positive stories from supporter owned clubs. It will provide further detail from the opening plenary.

    The second session is to show you how! It will look at methods of raising the finance to enable both greater supporter influence in the governance of clubs, and also how to raise finance to take at least majority control. It will also be relevant to those clubs already in community ownership that wish to raise capital for facility development.

    Strand 2 - Policy and Regulation

    The workshop will major on the two Policy and Regulation papers launched in May but will also consider both the current DCMS Review of Football Governance plus the relevant elements of the Localism Bill such as the proposed Community Right to Buy Listed Community Assets.

    It will both review the current landscape, consider current opportunities and what anyone interested can do in these areas to help create the political will for change.

    Strand 3 - Training for Supporters Trusts

    The first session will focus on the introduction of the revised set of model rules which we have been working on with the help of Co-operatives UK and Cobbetts. It will give participants a better understanding of the changes that have been made, new powers that they enable and the process to implementing them.

    The second session will take a look at the role of Supporters Trusts and how they can work effectively with other Supporters Groups on a local level. It will include case studies from different approaches from Trusts that have been successful in developing strong working relationships with other groups or working towards their aims.

    Strand 4 - Europe

    The first session will explain the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulation which is due to be adopted from the start of the 2011/12 season for clubs seeking to play in UEFA competitions and in particular the introduction of the Supporter Liaison Officers - something SD has worked closely with UEFA on. There will be an opportunity to discuss the impact of FFP, how it might change the game in the UK, and how the methodology sits alongside the regulation that already exists in professional leagues in this country.

    The second session will be a closed session for supporters groups from mainland Europe to discuss the work of SD Europe and how groups can work better together.

    Strand 5 - Supporter and Community Owned Clubs

    This strand will be for both Supporters Trusts controlled clubs and other clubs that are community owned.

    The actual content will be confirmed after consultation but confirmed so far we have Mark Bradley, an indusry expert on the fans experience of games. Mark will run a session on how clubs can market themselves better, specifically how to benefit from being supporter/community owned. The strand will also include examples of good practice, networking opportunities and how one club has undertaken a comprehensive stakeholder review to make the most of being supporter owned.

    Hotel Information

    The Queen Hotel (Annual Conference and Comedy Night venue)
    £85 per room per night on Thursday or Friday night for bed and breakfast or £95 on Saturday night. To qualify for this special rate please mention that you are attending the Supporters Direct conference when booking.

    Budget Hotels

    Chester Central Travelodge
    Eaton Hotel
    The Belgrave Hotel
    Chester Backpackers
    Alternatively, try Late Rooms or another hotel agent website.

    Travel Information

    Chester is well connected with a direct rail link from London and other UK locations and is also within reach of both Manchester and Liverpool airports.


    The Homeless World Cup
    Taboos, Troubles and Trusts book sales


    Friday's Comedy Night

    The Comedy night will be headlined by Bob Mills (as heard on Radio 5's Fighting Talk), supported by Jeremy O' Donnell.

    It begins at 8pm, and will finish at 11pm. It will also take place at the Queens Hotel. Tickets a snip at just £12!!


    Saturday's Fans' Day, including The Supporters Direct Cup

    Saturday sees the events move outside into the (hopefully) blazing July sun. Our marquee will be the hub for the day's events.

    The SD Cup is a now-traditional friendly which will be contested between hosts Chester F.C and F.C United, two of the movement's leading lights.

    Prior to the game, there will be a rally in the marquee, with keynote speeches from David Conn (The Guardian), David Goldblatt (author of The Ball is Round), Andy Walsh (General Manager of F.C United), Chris Pilsbury (Chester F.C Chairman), and more to be confirmed. There will also be a barbecue on site. The event will be compered by Jeremy O'Donnell. Also in the marquee will be various stalls and it should have a licensed bar (TBC).

    Following the conclusion of the game, we will return to the marquee for the presentation of the man of the match, bringing the curtain down on the weekend.
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    Post by Rickd on Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:56 am

    Supporters Direct Fans' Weekend begins July 15th

    The Supporters Direct Fans' Weekend, encompassing the Annual Conference and Fans' Day, and sponsored by long-term backers The Co-operative, gets underway this coming Friday (July 15th) at the Queen Hotel, Chester.

    The event takes place against the backdrop of the upcoming report on the inquiry into the governance of football, recently undertaken by the Parliamentary Select Committee for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and the question of how the Coalition government can best fulfil its pledge to "encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the
    co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters".

    This then is an ideal moment for Supporters Direct to launch its latest briefing papers, entitled "Financing Supporter Community Ownership" and "Business Advantages of Supporter Community Ownership".

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