Updated: Sep 28
On Thursday 16th September, the Football Supporters Association Championship Network met via Zoom. Representing the Sky Blue Trust, Grace McKenna attended and reports back below.
Fan-led review of football governance
The fan led review of football governance continues to be a hot topic with most attendees feeling that the Chair of the review, Tracey Crouch MP, is doing a good job so far.
Over 150 fan groups, including the Sky Blue Trust, have met with Tracey and provided evidence!
The final report is expected in October with more info to follow then, but expect to see independent regulation, stronger owners & directors test, and finance reforms.
The Sky Blue Trust have reinforced their support for the review in an open letter to the new Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Nadine Dorries.
Pledgeball and Climate Actions
With the UK hosting COP26 climate conference this year there is an increased focus on being more sustainable.
We were joined in the session by Katie Cross from Pledgeball who opened our eyes to the impact football has on the environment. Did you know football is responsible for a similar level of carbon emissions as a country the size of Algeria?
Pledgeball is an initiative to try and encourage football fans to take actions to reduce their footprint, whilst trying to make climate actions fun.
The Sky Blue Trust have already discussed how to ensure the proposed new CCFC stadium is as sustainable as possible. We've reached out to other Supporters Trusts with new stadia e.g. Brentford, to build a 'sustainability wish-list', such as good public transport and water refill stations, to put to the club.
EFL guidance is that away tickets should be available 4 weeks before the fixture to allow for supporter travel plans.
The FSA have had a number of complaints from Trusts and Supporters Groups that this is not happening (including at Coventry!).
We have shared the lead times for our most recent away fixtures, so that the FSA can build a national picture to take to the EFL.
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