Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Supporters Direct Fans' Weekend 2011


 The Supporters Direct Fans' Weekend, including the Annual Conference and SD Cup, will take place in Chester, on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2011.

The Conference will be held at The Queen Hotel on the Friday, whilst the SD Cup will round off a Fans' Day held on the Saturday at the Exacta Stadium, home of Chester F.C.

As well as the annual conference, and the launching of two policy papers (‘Financing Community Ownership & Supporter Involvement’ and ‘Business Advantages of Supporter & Community Ownership’), Friday evening and Saturday will have supporter-related entertainment on offer.

After the opening sessions, workshops and AGM, Friday will conclude with an evening of comedy, headlined by BBC Fighting Talk regular Bob Mills.

Any regular listeners will be familiar with Bob’s razor-sharp wit and unashamed love for Leyton Orient, and his set promises to be a memorable one. He will be supported by Jeremy O’Donnell and two other acts TBC. The event gets underway at the Queen Hotel in Chester at 8pm, tickets are just £12.

Attractions for the Fans' day include stands for various organisations, a marquee that will host the speakers for the day, a BBQ and the prestigious Supporters Direct Cup match, contested this year by Chester F.C and F.C United. Half-time entertainment will be provided by another final: that of the Trust Movement 5-a-side tournament.

The Supporters Direct marquee will host keynote speeches from David Conn (The Guardian), David Goldblatt (author of The Ball is Round), Andy Walsh (F.C United) and Chris Pilsbury (Chester F.C) amongst others.