Trust to speak at Supporters’ Summit

Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation will host the joint annual Supporters Summit in London at Wembley Stadium on July 26, bringing fans together from across the UK and Europe.

Fans and supporters’ organisations will debate the key issues at the heart of the game and one of the stand-out sessions will involve discussion of the ongoing campaign to return the Back to Blue at Cardiff City.

The sessions will  include high profile figures from  football, sport, media and politics, including Clive Efford  MP, who is Shadow Sports Minister and Valerio Casagrande, Chief Financial Officer of Italian Serie B and Pat Lyons, chair of the Irish FORAS Trust and Cork City FC.

Trust board member Brian Mertens will be among the panellists on a discussion about Protecting Club Identity along with Chris Cooper (City Till we Die), Clive Efford  and Mark Harris (of Witton Albion FC and the Evo-Stick NorthernPremier League). It will be chaired by Jacqui Foster of Supporters Direct.

Trust member Jeff Mansfield will also be present at the event which also has sessions on Away Fans, Fixing Football, Supporter Liaison Officers, Licensing System, Fans and the media, Fans for diversity, Financial Fair Play, Supporters’ Trusts, Safety Advisory Groups and a Q&A by the Blizzard.

The AGMs of both organisations will be held on the evening of July 25.

Last year’s Supporters Summit, held at St. George’s Park, included debates on governance, ownership, transparency, ticket pricing, discrimination and safe standing.