venerdì 9 ottobre 2015

SD Europe to coordinate Erasmus+ project, ‘Clubs and Supporters for better Governance in Football’

(Source: European Commission has announced the project proposals selected for funding under the Erasmus+ Sport programme, with the ‘Clubs and Supporters for better Governance in Football’ (CSbGiF) project amongst those chosen. The partners and contributing organisations (in italics) are:

CSbGiF is a two-year collaborative partnership, coordinated by Supporters Direct (SD) Europe, which will help promote EU principles on good governance in sport. It will do this through a training, education and exchange programme involving member-run football clubs and national supporters' organisations, from seven EU member states; covering the full range of the football pyramid and aimed at promoting co-operation between like-minded organisations.

The programme will run from January 2016 until December 2017, and addresses three core topics:

  • Good governance
  • Financial sustainability
  • Member/volunteer engagement and democratic participation

Partners will attend a total of three in-person sessions, plus opening and closing events. These will be supplemented by a series of one-to-one exchanges. The project will also include a research and evaluation element, in order to assist the ongoing measurement of good governance in sport; and the development of an online training resource, which will provide long-term impact beyond the lifetime of the project.

The project will be supported by an advisory board, made up of:

CSbGiF is the second EC-funded project to be coordinated by SD Europe, following the successful ‘Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership’ preparatory action in the field of sport, which also involved three other members of this collaborative partnership.

Projects chosen by the Commission are expected to result in the development of the European dimension in sport by generating, sharing and spreading experiences and knowledge about different issues affecting sport at the European level.

For further information about the CSbGiF partnership, please contact Ben Shave, and keep an eye out for a dedicated project website to be launched in the new year.


SD Europe is an organisation that assists democratic supporters’ groups in achieving formal structured involvement in their clubs and associations, and developing member ownership of football clubs. Established in 2007 with support from UEFA, SD Europe also advises clubs on their ownership and governance structure and works with football governing bodies, leagues, UEFA, and European institutions. Currently, it is active in over 20 European countries and is responsible for the implementation of the Supporter Liaison Officer requirement (Art. 35, UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations). For more information, contact Ben Shave ( / +44 7985 628 215)


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