When it comes to supporter involvement SDwas instrumental lobbying for, and then implementing, the Supporter LiaisonOfficer (SLO) requirement, working with UEFA to include article 35 within theirclub licensing and financial fair play regulations. We were the driving forcebehind structured dialogue, a new commitment in 2016/17 for the top 4 leagues inEnglish football, which recognises the need for supporters and club leaders todiscuss the fundamental areas that build trust, covering finance, strategy andgovernance at least twice a year.
Turning the attention to regulatory changewe have been able to use our unique and privileged position of working withover 200 grassroots organisations to evidence and recommend changes to improvefootball. This enabled us to contribute to the Assets of Community Valuelocalism legislation resulting in more than 50 important sporting assets beinglisted. Our research, policy papers and lobbying have led to other improvementsworking with leagues and the F.A. to improve rules on insolvency, financialmonitoring and reformed clubs.
We are pleased to be working with the National League and the Rugby Football League on pilots to bring structured dialogue principles to benefit their clubs and supporters.
Although there has been progress, there isstill much to do.