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‘Fans vs COVID-19’ project charts supporter work

The wide-range of community action football fans are undertaking is the subject of a new project from two pan-European supporter organisations.

This week Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and SD Europe announced the launch of ‘Fans vs COVID-19’ – an initiative based around an online map which highlights the good work being done by fans, fans’ groups, and member-run clubs during the coronavirus outbreak.

The project highlights fundraising efforts, solidarity displays and banners, support for vulnerable groups and various health services such as the NHS. The map also acts as a platform for fans to share experiences, ideas, and good practice.

FSE executive director Ronan Evain said: “The coronavirus pandemic is, first and foremost, a human tragedy.

“But it has also brought out the best in people, and football fans are no exception. Whether raising money for foodbanks, looking out for the elderly, or supporting key workers, fans and fans’ groups have once again shown the important role they play in communities across the continent.

“We want to recognise their contribution and inspire others in the process.”

The ‘Fans vs COVID-19’ website will be regularly updated with interviews and articles exploring some of the cases included on the map in more depth.

SD Europe chief execuitve Antonia Hagemann said: “It is truly heart-warming to see the countless gestures made by football supporters, supporters’ organisations, and member-run  football clubs across the continent to ease the strain on their communities.”

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