We will be holding our inaugural ‘National Game Network’ meeting on January 20th 2019 at the Mechanics Institute Conference Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD, running from 12.30pm till 3pm. The venue doors will open at midday for networking and tea and coffee will be available. The venue has disability access.
The meeting will bring together supporters and supporter groups at clubs who do not play in the English professional game. This ‘Network’ includes members from Wales as we believe that they will have much to contribute to our discussions.
Supporters Direct and The Football Supporters Federation have recently merged to form a unified supporter organisation. The structure of the new organisation allows for the creation of networks of members with a common bond and some shared interests and issues.
At a National level the new organisation has elected a National Council with fan representatives from networks at Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two, and our network for the National Game.
The National Council also includes members elected to represent community-owned clubs, individual members, and those groups from the Fans for Diversity campaign.
There remain two vacancies for National Game representatives on the National Council.
At the network meeting on Sunday 20th January we intend to discuss the organisation of a by-election to fill the two remaining National Game representative places.
The meeting will also give members of the National Game Network an opportunity to determine our future priorities and campaigning initiatives as well as contribute agenda items and discussion points for our upcoming ‘structured dialogue’ meeting with The National League, provisionally scheduled for February.
The full meeting agenda is as follows;
1. Introduction & Welcome
3. Casework & Structured Dialogue
5. Governance & Communications
6. Any Other Business
7. Date of the next meeting & venue
We will shortly circulate brief written supplementary reports from staff on our work to date covering casework, structured dialogue and campaigning.
It is important that we ensure the National Game is fully represented on the new National Council and we want members input to the issues to be discussed at the ‘structured dialogue’ meeting with the National League and encourage you to join this meeting either in person or by electronic means.
If you are interested in standing in the by-election to fill the National Game representative council seats or want more information on the National Game Network, please do not hesitate to contact National Game Network Manager Nicola Hudson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want as many people to attend as possible but for those who may not be able to attend in person, we will make provision to join the meeting by either conference call or video link.