Last week, Supporters Direct Scotland attended and presented at the FREE Project’s ‘Whose Game Is It? Supporters and Football Governance’ conference at Loughborough University. FREE (Football research in an enlarged Europe) is a collaborative research project which seeks to understand the impact of the most popular and most widely shared of all experiences of popular culture, football, on identity dynamics, perception patterns and cultural change in Europe.
Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, Andrew Jenkin was in attendance and presented on ‘The Future of the Community Ownership Movement in Scotland’. The research concludes that the fan ownership model holds an encouraging future, however suggests that this could have come about because of financial troubles within the game, rather than because of the models other benefits such as sustainability and democracy. The research helped conclude that instability is caused by the motives of owners – which are unquestionably good if supporters are in charge.
To find out more about the FREE project and the conference in Loughborough, you can visit the Project’s website here
You can view Andrew’s presentation below: