SD Europe network meets in Hamburg

Cork City FC and FORAS were represented at the inaugural meeting of the Supporters Direct Europe network in Hamburg on September 5th and 6th.

Board members Mike Derham and Niamh O’Mahony travelled to the event in Germany along with 19 clubs, national organisations and groups from 16 different countries.

The event was hosted at the home of HFC Falke e.V., whose president, Tamara Dwenger, welcomed everybody to the city.

The meeting first heard a round up of SD Europe’s activities since 2007, before an extensive discussion on SD Europe’s current structure and how it might best work for the groups involved. This will feed into the ongoing governance review within the organisation.

After a coffee break, each of the organisations attending had an opportunity to present their highlights from the past 12 months or so.

Mike & Niamh spoke about developments in the areas of Infrastructure, Education, Community and the club’s return to the Europa League on behalf of CCFC and FORAS, and answered a number of questions that were asked.

The discussion continued throughout the evening, aided by a BBQ in the clubhouse.

Sunday kicked off with a presentation from HFC Falke about the possibility of organising a fan-owned tournament in the coming years. Attendees then made the short trip to Rissener SV II to watch HFC Falke’s win their latest League match (4-2 on this occasion).

More details of the event will be presented at the FORAS General Meeting later this month but for more information, email [email protected].

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