Registrations are now open for the Supporters Summit 2017.
This year’s Supporters Summit, hosted by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation, will be held at St. George’s Park in partnership with The Football Association on Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July.
The Supporters Summit attracts fans from across Britain who will debate football’s big issues and seek to influence the game for the better.
There will be speakers and workshops covering a range of topics including governance issues, ticket pricing, diversity and much more.
We are asking delegates to pay-what-you-want with a suggested donation of £20 which can be made when you confirm your booking. If you don’t wish to make a voluntary donation you can register for free.
Sunday 2nd July is the SD and FSF’s AGM’s.
For those staying on at SGP after the Summit the bar will be open and there will be some activities too, including SGP tours, a screening of Wonderkid (WONDERKID is a film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia) and Tim Hartley will be interviewed about his new book ‘Kicking off in North Korea’ where he finds football and friendship in foreign lands.
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 a regime change and find out how supporters have challenged the clubs and what support they want from the authorities.
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.
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.
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.
This session will provide an insight into football finance to see how 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.
We will be joined by leading figures from supporter takeovers including this seasons big Big Bath Bid to consider what supporters looking to follow their path can learn and their plans for the future.
We will be having a wrap up of the day
*NB: Times and sessions are subject to change
There is a discounted rate at the Hilton at St. George’s Park [SGP] available to delegates. It’s £93 per room per night and is bookable via this link until midnight on Friday 9th June. Book now
There are other slightly cheaper accommodation options in Burton-upon-Trent
Please remember that SGP is a 10-15 minute taxi journey from Burton so needs to be taken into consideration when looking at cost savings.
SGP is approximately a 15 minute drive to Burton-upon-Trent railway station. We will be providing a couple of shuttle buses to the venue from the station on Saturday morning. Further information will be provided in the weeks leading up to the event.
Parking at SGP is free.
For further travel information please see the following links