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Read more about our response to League Reconstruction result and the National Football Survey outcomes 
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Welcome to our April Newsletter
Thank you for taking the time to look at our Newsletter and for being part of the wider Scottish Fans Network that we are trying to establish. Over the past year the fans movement has had significant momentum and we want and NEED you to be part of that. If we act collectively we have a significantly better chance of influencing the type of changes that we all want to see for our game. Enjoy the read of  what is just a snapshot of our work and please get it touch - it is your network.


Remember, we're always looking for your views and opinions on the game's most pressing issues and there's numerous ways you can get involved. Please visit the Fans Parliament page on our website or contact us directly to see how you can get involved and give your views.
LEAGUE RECONSTRUCTION RESPONSE
 
Following the news that the Scottish football league will not be restructured Paul Goodwin Head of Supporters Direct Scotland said:
 
“We are disappointed that the opportunity to reform the Scottish game appears to have stalled.  Whilst the majority of fans have consistently wanted larger leagues we believe that the appetite still exists to bring one league body, a better voting structure, better financial distribution throughout all the leagues, more playoffs and a pyramid structure is still there to be negotiated and grasped.
 
"We believe that the considerable momentum that has been created needs to be maintained.  To that effect we would propose that the SPL, SFL and SFA employ mediators to try to find a solution that deliver the critical elements of the current plan.  The reasons cited for the lack of progress by both dissenting clubs and many SFL clubs too seems to concern issues raised by their fans.  Supporters Direct Scotland is willing to be involved in any form or negotiation and mediation process at local or national level to ensure that this essential restructuring gets back on course.
 
“We remain committed to working with all fans groups, within our network, to ensure that their views are represented and believe that unless a compromise is found soon then it will have a detrimental effect on the well-being of our game.”
 
SURVEY RESULTS STATEMENT

Supporters Direct Scotland were delighted to be invited to participate in this major piece of work and believe that the results are consistent with our views on how important  fans are to our game. The fact that nearly 7,000 people gave their views shows how important they feel about the game that they love.
 
We believe that there were some compelling examples of fans speaking with one voice on the major issues surrounding our game and after a year of turmoil it is encouraging to see that those views are now started to be taken on board. Those fans have clearly indicated that the best communication with fans is through engagement with Supporters Groups. We believe that Supporters Direct Scotland through our Scottish Fans Parliament can in the coming years be seen as the perfect way to ensure that the correct level of engagement is developed  as a platform that can benefit both fans and the football authorities.


 
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the football authorities and the clubs in the months and years ahead to ensure that the voice of the fans is heard loud and clear and that in partnership with them we have a stronger more viable game for future generations to come.

You can view the results of the survey here
OUR WORK WITH FOOTBALL MEMORIES

Supporters Direct Scotland are delighted to announce a working partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and their Football Memories project.
There are over 84,000 people in Scotland with dementia, the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weeken. Thousands of people with dementia loved their football and still do. Alzheimer Scotland's Football Memories project harnesses that passion for the game to improve their lives.
 
 
The project was launched two years ago and trains volunteers to spend time with people with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and memorabilia to stimulate memories. 
 
As part of our partnership with the project, we'll be producing a series of interviews with all football fans talking about who'd be in their all time X11 for their club. 
 
You can view the first in our series with Head of SDS Paul Goodwin here, talking about his favourite Partick Thistle players.



If you're interested in being featured in this series or getting involved in the project, please contact Andrew Jenkin.
 
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