Earlier this month, Lewes FC reached the incredible milestone of 10 years’ in community-ownership. To mark the occasion, SD Europe spoke to the football club’s Chair Stuart Fuller and the FSA’s community-owned clubs network manager Richard Irving to dig deeper into this remarkable achievement – an interview reproduced with the permission of SD Europe below…
Non-league clubs will be buoyed by the findings of a survey which indicates more than three quarters of regular matchgoers intend on returning to the game straight away if it is able to kick-off this autumn, but there is still work to do ensuring fans feel safe within stadiums.
Over the next three weeks, one of the highlights of the non-league season will be taking place as the National League play-offs are contested. Richard Irving, the FSA’s community-owned clubs network manager, explains how some fan owned clubs are right in the mix…
The FSA have partnered with the Non-League Paper to gather the views of thousands of football fans across the country on how they believe football can safely return from its COVID-19 suspension with spectators in the stands.
It’s not unusual for clubs to groundshare at non-league level. While each set of circumstances is unique, it is always distressing when a club is torn away from its local community and left with no option to play away from their traditional home.
We have teamed up with leading disability charity Level Playing Field (LPF) to help non-league clubs improve access and facilities for disabled fans. We’re delighted that the idea is being supported by both the National League, which has required all clubs to complete the disability access survey, and the Northern Premier League.
Harrogate Town FC have been named as the 2018-19 winners of the Best Away Day in non-league at the National Game Awards in association with Buildbase. The award is an extension of our ‘Away Fans Matter Campaign’, and is the second year we’ve partnered with the Non-League Paper to recognise the clubs who are the best at welcoming fans from Steps one to four of the National League.
Further to the inaugural meeting of National Game Network on 20th January 2019 a meeting report which contains details of the discussions held is available for download, along with a copy of the full meeting minutes.