On Sunday, BIAS attended the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) AGM. BIAS is an affiliate member of the FSF, and so has a bloc of five votes to use in elections for National Council and on Motions.
This year there were fewer nominees for National Council than spaces, so there was no election. The majority of the nominees were standing for re-election, including Beesotted’s Billy Grant, who is also on the FSF Board.
Brentford fans are well represented on the FSF National Council, as BIAS’s Gemma Teale is also a National Council member. The NC meet every 2 months to discuss and agree FSF policy and actions through the year.
The meeting was opened by FSF Chair, Malcolm Clarke, and included a summary of the 2016 Annual Report from Kevin Miles. There is a link to the Annual Report below, where you can see more of the achievements and challenges of the year. There was also a mention of the ongoing work of Fans for Diversity, report link below.
The main business of the meeting was to vote on the various Motions that had been brogut forward by groups and individual members. There was a wide range of these, which are shown in more detail in the article linked below, but some of the most well supported ones included:
Opposition to B-teams in the EFL and EFL trophy
Call for changes to the Independent Football Ombudsman (personnel and structure)
Call for increased funding and support for grassroots football
There were also some well debated motions, e.g. education on the dangers of pyro at games, and ethical questions in the procurement of the fixtures arrangements.
A more detailed summary of the meeting, including the Motions discussed and carried can be found here
The FSF Annual Report 2016 is available here
The Fans for Diversity Annual Report 2016 is available here