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Read about the Supporters Direct Scotland Fans' Cup - this Saturday between Dunfermline and Hearts - 2pm, East End Park.
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Welcome to our July Newsletter
 

Welcome to the latest Scottish Fans Newsletter.

I was sure that the summer of 2013 was going to be a quiet time for everybody involved in Scottish Football. With no World Cup or Euro Championships to distract us the signs were positive that it would be a period of respite.

Of course League Reconstruction certainly changed that and rumbled on into the summer months. The outcome is a starting point for growing the game and with one league body the future direction of the game should be so much easier to shape. I am sure that a pyramid structure will allow for ambitious clubs to prosper with the opportunity to emulate what the likes of Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County have achieved. The biggest bonus I believe is in protecting those middle clubs that want to remain full time. I really do believe that if we had failed to make a fairer distribution of income then the chances of many of these clubs surviving in their current form would have been pretty low.

Survival and more importantly the hope of bringing their clubs into Community ownership has been the main talking point for Hearts and Dunfermline Athletic fans and our small team have given the entire fans organisation as much help as we could to get the right structures in place. It is of course encouraging that other clubs such as Ayr United and Motherwell are now looking seriously at community ownership model as a long term plan for having a vibrant local football clubs that operates sustainably. I would happily have a discussion with any club and share our experiences.

No doubt much will change in the coming months and I would encourage you to join our network and make your voice heard at what is an important time in Scottish Football.

Enjoy the rest of the summer before the real fun starts in August

Yours in football

Paul Goodwin
Head of Supporters Direct Scotland/Scottish Fans

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SUPPORTERS DIRECT SCOTLAND FANS' CUP
 
Hearts and Dunfermline are to compete for the first ever ‘Supporters Direct Scotland Fans’ Cup’, supported by QTS, at East End Park on the 13th of July at 2pm.

The game, which will see the gate receipts split equally between both clubs, has been backed by both clubs, supporters groups Pars United and Foundation of Hearts and Supporters Direct Scotland.

Cup sponsor, QTS, is a specialist supplier to the rail industry including plant supply, off-track/lineside works, vegetation management and civil engineering.

Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland said:  “Amongst the many pre-season friendlies happening across the country we hope this will become the ‘must attend’ game for fans of all clubs in Scotland to show backing for the supporters of the Pars and Hearts.  The gate receipts will be handed directly to BDO who will split the money between the clubs and will be used immediately for day to day costs in running both clubs"

Tickets are currently on sale at both clubs.  Prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions (U18s/O60s and full-time students with valid matriculation card).
SUPPORTERS DIRECT SCOTLAND FAN OWNERSHIP SUMMIT

Supporters Direct Scotland were proud to host the Fan Ownership Summit at Forthbank Stadium last Saturday. The event was arranged to help Supporters Trust currently in ownership or interested in taking ownership of their respective clubs to network, share ideas and learn more about how Supporters Direct could help them with their ambitions.

Sharing their stories of fan ownership were Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, Fraser MacDonald, Director at Dundee and Allan Wilson of Clyde FC.

Also represented at the Summit were the Supporters Trusts of Ayr United, Dumbarton, Dunfermline, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers.

SDS’ affinity partners Insuredirect.co.uk and Create and Prosper were also present and gave presentations on how they function as a business and how they can help manage the finances of Trust and/or club, as well as providing information to any Trust who sought it afterwards.
SCOTTISH FANS ANNOUNCE AFFINITY DEALS

Supporters Direct Scotland has launched two new affinity partnerships with InsureDirect.co.ukCreate and Prosper which will see a potential financial boost from the pay back scheme to Football Supporters Trusts in Scotland and members of the ScottishFans.org network.
 
Mark Reid project manager at Supporters Direct Scotland, said: “We’re pleased to put in place these two affinity partnerships in place that benefit network members and provide welcome new income into Supporters groups and organisations.  We hope to add more of these arrangements in the future to benefit all of our members".
 
The affinity partnerships include discounted product offers for members of the “Scottish Fans” network partners.  
In additional the partner company themselves will give an additional proportion directly back to the group.
 
To benefit from this deal and join the Scottish Fans network, get in touch with andrew.jenkin@supporters-direct.org
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