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Football’s problem, non-league’s opportunity?

date: March 26, 2015

football-ticket-prices The story of rising tickets prices and the next generation being squeezed from the game is sadly well told. Right now an 18 year old supporter of a Premier League team is paying an average of £526 for a season ticket, not to mention other match day spending. A few months ago research by ‘thinkmoney’ found that the average 18-24 year old in the UK had just £2,090 disposable income a year. Put those statistics togethe...

‘Government Expert Group’ wants to hear from you…

date: December 18, 2014

club_Development_nlp_blog Supporters Direct has been working behind the scenes with the DCMS and English football authorities to bring about the long awaited Expert Working Group (EWG); one of the key recommendations from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)2011 Select Committee Football Governance Inquiry. The Expert Working Group members are; Supporters Direct Football Supporters Federation The Football Association ...

What makes a good club?

date: December 3, 2014

clubdevelopment What makes a good club? Is it a history of winning; the trophies, the performances and memories? The players; the good, the bad and the legendary? Is it the upsets? The cup runs, the unlikely away win, or is it the atmosphere as you walk into the clubhouse or take your place on the terraces? Maybe for some it’s simply the pies and the beer… Well in truth it’s probably all of those and a heck of a lot more. ...

What can be done to change unrealistic club expectations?

date: October 27, 2014

supporter_ambitions Just as public perception of a professional footballer is wildly different from the reality of what non-league players contend with each week, so it can be true of the directors and major shareholders that help keep non-league clubs ticking. Although I confess I’ve never watched a game from the directors’ box at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, I’m going to put my money on Roman not making the teas, or the Glazer br...

Supporters Direct Launches Board Member Guidance Booklet

date: October 3, 2014

board-member-guidance Club board directors are a critical component in any thriving community-owned club. A well structured board will have individuals with a broad range of expertise and experience. The board should set the strategic direction for the club and have financial plans that enable the delivery of the strategy. As well as acting as custodians for the assets of the members, they can set the tone for many of the important re...

A club is for life not just Non-League Day

date: September 30, 2014

Still_10 With another Non-League Day behind us, how can we keep supporters coming back? Relying on a 5-4 epic sounds a little risky, so what simple things can you do that might make a difference? Here are a few ideas… Give something back. Champion Hill was the place to be over Non-League Day weekend. Dulwich Hamlet’s ‘pay what you want’ scheme, created a real carnival atmosphere and a bumper gate of almost 3,000 with al...

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