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Supporters Summit 2016

Supporters Direct Scotland have announced details of a ‘Supporters’ Summit’ offering fans in Scotland the opportunity to come together to hear from a host of speakers on how involving fans within the game’s running can benefit Scottish football.

The event will be held at Hampden on 10 January 2016 and tickets are available on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis.

Speaking at the event will be Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Sport in Scotland, who will be discussing the Scottish Government’s consultation which is currently taking supporters’ views on how to strengthen supporter involvement and influence of football clubs.

Mr Hepburn said: “I am delighted to be participating in this Supporters’ Summit, which will offer fans the chance to hear how they can be more involved in football. I know some clubs already engage well with their fans, but I believe we can do more and this event will help encourage progress.

“The Summit comes at an opportune time, as the Scottish Government seeks views on options to strengthen supporter involvement in clubs. Our consultation is open and I encourage all fans to make their voice heard – this is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of Scottish football.”

Also speaking at the event will be Phil Sumbler, Chairman of the Swansea City Supporters Trust who own 20% in the Premier League outfit who will be sharing the Trust’s secrets for success.

Attendees will also hear from England’s Football Supporters Federation who will be sharing details how their ’20’s Plenty’ campaign which looks at capping ticket prices.

Joining the line up of speakers is Lee Price, a journalist whose book ‘The Bundesliga Blueprint’ outlines where German football took the right steps for world football dominance. The Bundesliga is renowned for it’s engagement with supporters who are embedded with the games’ governance through the league’s self-implemented ’50+1′ ruling.

The key note speeches will be concluded by Sean Hamil, a lecturer of Management from Birkbeck University and author of a number of papers looking at mutual ownership of sport clubs.