Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation held their annual Supporters Summit at Wembley Stadium on Saturday July 26th.
Trusts and supporters groups from across England and Europe were represented at the event that included keynote speeches from representatives from both organisations, as well as a variety of workshops covering a range of issues pertinent to the football supporter movement.
The event – sponsored by BT Sport – was well attended by delegates, with both SD and the FSF holding their AGMs on the Friday night before the conference on Saturday. Kevin Miles of the FSF and Robin Osterley of SD – both CEO – gave introductory speeches before an open forum was held for delegates to voice their opinions on issues regarding supporter involvement and the general governance of the game. There was also a screening of a video Q&A with FA Chairman, Gregg Dyke, who was unable to attend the event in person.
Several workshops were held throughout the day, covering topics such as Financial Fair Play, Club Licencing and Protecting Club Identity. There was also the opportunity for those in attendance to attend a special BT Sport Supporters’ Club Q&A with England women’s international, Alex Scott, which included discussion on her work with the Street Child World Cup.
The event was rounded off with an entertaining Q&A panel of Blizzard contributors – a quarterly football publication – chaired by Times journalist Rory Smith. Miguel Delaney, James Horncastle and James Montague fielded questions from delegates on topics including FIFA and the 2022 Qatar World Cup, domestic on-field issues and England’s post-World Cup fallout.
Video and audio content from the day can be viewed below