SD Europe Fund: FASFE
‘Strengthening & Widening Fútbol Popular’
Who is involved in the project?
FASFE, the national supporters organisation in Spain, which also drives the ‘fútbol popular’ movement, coordinated this project on behalf of the fan-owned clubs within its membership. The ‘fútbol popular’ movement advocates for Spanish football clubs to become member-run/fan-owned. The project will see three of FASFE’s member fan-owned football clubs take part in exchange visits with fan-owned clubs from within SD Europe’s network.
CAP Ciudad de Murcia was founded in 2010 following the dissolvement of its predecessor club. Murcia is run and equally owned by its supporters. The club is from Southern Spain and competes in the country’s fourth tier.
FC Tarraco was founded in 2012 and is fan-owned. The club heralds from Tarragona in Catalonia and competes in the region’s fourth tier of football.
Lastly, UP Palencia is a fan-owned football club formed in 2019 by supporters of clubs that had disbanded in the region. The new club’s aim is to reinvigorate the community’s enthusiasm for football. The club’s inaugural season has seen them compete in Palencia’s regional league.
What are the project’s activities?
The project ‘Strengthening & Widening Fútbol Popular’ aims to facilitate the involved Spanish clubs to learn from the successful democractic structures, sustainability and financial practices of fan owned clubs in Europe. This is to be achieved through a series of exchange visits between the FASFE member clubs and clubs from within the SD Europe network.
CAP Ciudad de Murcia will be visiting Cypriot member-run club PAC Omonia 1948, FC Tarraco will visit Warsaw based AKS Zły and UP Palencia will head to Denmark to visit BK Frem.
Following the visits, each club will share the transfer of knowledge and new understandings by presenting the outcomes of their visits at a meeting with the fútbol popular movement clubs.
What are the anticipated outcomes and impact at national and local/club level?
The project has been designed to allow the clubs who are directly involved to benefit, but also the rest of the fútbol popular movement by sharing the lessons learnt following the visits. The aim of the project is for the Spanish clubs to learn from the European clubs so they can apply the new understandings to their own circumstances to grow stronger, whilst also sharing the new knowledge with the rest of the fútbol popular movement, allowing the entire movement to benefit from the visits too.
The project will also offer the host clubs the opportunity to learn different perspectives from their visiting Spanish counterparts.