McAlpine urges local football fans to make their voices heard

Consultation to increase supporter involvement in clubs

South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has today urged football fans in Dumfriesshire to make their voices heard in how the game is run, by responding to the Scottish Government’s new consultation.

Ms McAlpine is a member of the Queen of the South Trust, which acts as a voice for the fans and promotes the team throughout the community.

The Scottish Government has launched the consultation to inform potential future legislation to protect the rights of football fans. The consultation, which will run until 15 January 2016, is to look in to the best ways of increasing the involvement of supporters in football clubs.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

“Football clubs play an important role in our community. We have fantastic community orientated clubs in Queens and Annan Athletic, , and it’s right that fans should have the chance to be involved in the way their clubs are run wherever possible – which is good for supporters, clubs and the game as a whole.

“There are a range of views on how fans can most effectively play a role in the running of their clubs – and this will be a valuable exercise in making sure that supporters voices are heard throughout the process.

“This new Scottish Government consultation is an important step in ensuring that local football fans have their say in how their clubs operate – and I’d urge as many local supporters as possible to get in touch and give their views on the future of our national game.”

Details of the consultation can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/09/8222


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