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May 22, 2008

THIS year’s Supporters Direct Annual Conference is just over two weeks away and the Sonstrust will be (well) represented at the event with no fewer than seven delegates attending.

The gathering will take place in the Management Centre at Stirling University, starting at 10.30am.

There are a few changes to the format of the day as James Proctor of SD explains : “The biggest change is that instead of having eight separate sessions to choose from, delegates will pick one of four topics (Ownership, Community, League Structure and Regulation) which they will follow for the day.

“Each topic has two sessions with a guest speaker and a final session for discussion and debate amongst the delegates. The topics will be facilitated by someone from Supporters Direct and there will also be someone on hand to take notes of each session throughout the day, thereby creating a record of the discussions.

“This probably makes it sound a little more complicated than it actually is!

“As a delegate you will simply attend three sessions all on the same topic and come to some joint conclusions with your fellow delegates in the final session. Your facilitator will then report back to the closing plenary session of the conference so that everyone can hear the lessons that have been learned throughout the day.

“By designing the conference in this way we hope that it will allow delegates to interact much more easily with the speakers and their fellow delegates and that this will make it a more interesting experience.

“The success of this type of event relies on delegates coming armed with a few questions and being willing to discuss the topics in an open and positive manner – more than ever delegates will get out as much as they put in to the event. But we feel sure that those attending the conference will be more than willing to accept this challenge and help it to be a great success.”

James also confirmed that the venue chosen this year should suit everyone, even those wanting to catch some Euro 2008 action.

He said : “The Management Centre sits apart from the rest of the Stirling University buildings and has its own car park for delegates to use. Public transport will get you to Stirling town centre from most parts of Scotland and there are regular buses up to the university. More information on getting to the campus (which is between Stirling and Bridge of Allan) can be found on their website, which is pretty easy to navigate.

“As alluded to above there is also hotel accommodation on site which if memory serves was nice and clean and within stumbling distance of the registration desk. So for anyone who wants to start the day feeling refreshed or would like to stick around after the event then rooms are available for just ¬£35 per person per night and can be booked by phoning their sales office (tell them you’re coming to our event) on t. 01786 466179. If you’re staying over on the Friday night drop Elaine an email and we’ll get in touch if we’re booking somewhere to eat.

“Finally, as it’s the first day of Euro 2008 the venue have promised to have the opening match showing on the large plasma screen TV in their bar so you’re all welcome to stick around, watch the game and have a chat as we all enjoy a hard earned rest after what we hope will be another excellent conference.”

Sounds like a cracking day, and all at the Sonstrust are looking forward to it. It’s not too late for other Trust members to come along – anyone interested contact Alan on or give him a call on 07904 666 014 and he’ll make sure you are registered with the Dumbarton party.

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  1. May 23, 2008 7:39 pm

    Looks a good day. Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it!), I’ll be sunning myself in Cornwall. Hope it goes well.

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