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Supporters Direct work across the UK in a number of sports, as well as being a member of a wider network called SD Europe.

SD England and Wales
The majority of our members are drawn from supporters of English and Welsh clubs playing in the English Football Pyramid.

All of the Supporters Trusts in the U.K have been set up by Supporters Direct under our model rules and we provide training and support to this network.

It is the largest network of democratic football supporter organisations in the U.K

We have a growing number of Supporters Trusts in rugby league, as well as other sports including rugby union, ice hockey, american football and speedway.

SD Scotland
The remit in Scotland goes further than just working with Supporters Trusts with the work of the Scottish Fans network, covering wider issues such as ticketing and matchday issues, and also the anti-sectarian Colour of our Scarves project

The work we do with our members is extensive and varied, but here's a snapshot:

During establishment of a supporters' trust
From the outset, we provide support and advice to an individual supporter or working group of supporters who are interested in establishing a supporters' trust. If we can help, we then provide support & help for meetings, paperwork and registration during its establishment.

Once formed, our role becomes less intense, and focuses on developing the trust, providing ongoing strategic, tactical and campaigning advice, how to increase activists within the trust, and work in the local community. We also provide support for practical things like how to run the organisation - including training.

We also play an important role to help grow the influence of supporters' trusts in the ownership and running of its club - a core objective of all our members.

We provide specialist support to supporters from clubs that want to become community owned, and a range of support to those that already are through the club network and our consultancy SD Club Development.

Maintaining and growing the network
Our work reflects that of a movement - the Trust Movement. We all stand for similar things, like more openness, involvement of supporters and communities in the ownership and running of their clubs and our game, and we try to bring our members and activists together as much as we can.

In English football we operate Premier League, EFL and non-league networks, providing support to member trusts and campaigning on the big issues along with our colleagues at the FSF. We also co-ordinate a community owned club network, where we collaborate with and support clubs owned by their communities, ranging from professional league clubs like AFC Wimbledon and Exeter City, down the non-league pyramid to semi-professional and amateur clubs like Enfield Town and Saffron Walden Town, sharing ideas and best practice.

The number of members from rugby league mean that there is a council that supports their work, and we work with the Rugby Football League to enhance supporter involvement. 

Utilising over 15 years of experience working with supporters groups, clubs and authorities to improve governance and encourage greater engagement between clubs and their communities has enabled us to build up a wealth of evidence based research.

The September 2012 issue of ‘FC Business’ magazine, commented:

”There is simply no debating that some of the best literature and talk over the past few years on the governance of the game has come from Supporters Direct. The release of a number of briefing papers in government and the industry, and their coal-face experience of the issue continue to put them in a privileged position to make respected comment on the most pressing issues facing the governance of our game.”

Changing the game
We don't just deal with the issues at supporters' trust or club level. We want sport and sports clubs to be better run, as well as clubs that are more reflective of their communities and the people who sustain them. That is why we lobby and also crucially work with the sports authorities, in local & regional government, nationally at Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brussels, and across Europe.

Whether they relate directly or indirectly to supporters' trusts, or community owned clubs, we want changes that will provide greater protection, make sport more sustainable, reward well run clubs, and a more open and representative of the role that supporters play in the lives of their clubs - and the wider game.

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.