A review of all the main talking points you need to reflect on this week.

That was the football week - 25/10/16



Women guaranteed more funding from National Association

Scotland and Strachan

The new president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has decided that the women's game needs more financial support which is of course to be applauded. We will look with interest at how this will filter through to the game in Scotland in the coming years. Next week we will be looking at the women's game in Scotland in a bit more detail but meanwhile here is what FIFA have said:

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Real fans following football clubs no matter the results

Scotland and Strachan
Our game continues to breathe life into fallacies that we only need to find a magic formula and not just listen to those whose seats are still warm from the joys and despair of following our community on the park. RIP Mrs Ivy Liddell.


The Act - will it be repealed?

James Kelly MSP is consulting on a proposal for a Member's Bill in the Scottish Parliament to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. The SFSA sent our submission in on Sunday which was the last day for consultation. You can read what we submitted here.


A sugar tax in Scotland?

Could a sugar tax in Scotland help drive health agenda and help grassroots football flourish? Could it help pay for coaches and equipment at every school in Scotland? We think so! If more players are playing the game the we will get more players at professional level too.

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Leaders summit

It used to be called Leaders in Football; but in recent times the event has grown to  become the place where all sports leaders come together to share best practice and to learn from other industries. I was interested enough to attend a few of these a few years back but at a cost of £800 for a ticket  there are not too many visitors from Scotland. That is a real shame as there are many things that we could learn about how other sports and indeed other countries market football.

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In Engerland

The Match of the Day cameras join stars of Manchester City's men's and women's teams to find out how they are helping school children improve their literacy skills. Here in Scotland the SFSA have been working for over a year now on our Get Sum Kicks Maths project to help drive learn in numeracy in schools. If you are a maths teacher or lecturer or an stats /IT guru  and want to be part of our project team contact us to get involved.

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At the SFSA this week

  • Meetings held with a potential blue chip sponsor who could offer a significant member discount
  • Discussions with our Board on the Repeal of the Football Discrimination Act - see above
  • New weekly bulletin launched to selected database
  • Meeting in Germany with various fans organisations - more details to follow