After last year’s highly successful event, Supporters Direct will be holding their third annual Voice of the Fans Rugby League Conference this year on the morning of Saturday 29th October in Huddersfield.
It is a great pleasure to be returning to Huddersfield, the birthplace of the game, for this event, in the beautiful and appropriate surroundings of Huddersfield University’s Heritage Quay.
The theme of this year’s event is Rugby League, Past, Present & Future.
We are proud to be linking up with the RFL to hold this event prior to the afternoon’s Four Nations England v New Zealand, taking place just down the road at the famous John Smiths Stadium.
We are please to announce this year's keynote speaker as Brian Barwick, Chairman of the Rugby Football League and board member of the Rugby Football International Federation.
Brian will present alongside a fantastic panel of Rugby League guests including Jon Dutton, Brigid Power, Damian Irvine and Bobby Goulding.
Attending delegates will be given the chance to take part in a lively Q&A session with an international feel led by Alex Simmons from Rugby AM, where they can ask our panel all the current burning questions!
There will be two informative and interactive workshops, one looking at celebrating your clubs heritage with Helen Peacock from the Heritage Lottery Fund discussing the various projects which they fund and how to access that funding and then looking at celebrating the game’s heritage, with Brigid Power talking about the upcoming National Rugby League museum plans.
The second workshop will look at getting back to the basics of Supporters Direct’s key mission; To help Supporters Trusts be as representative and as relevant as possible in the sport and help fans of RL benefit from a closer relationship between clubs and their fans and communities as well as providing a much needed direct link between supporters and the game as well as exploring the benefits of community-ownership with a talk from Damian Irvine.
The timetable for the morning is as follows with the event ending at 1.30pm to give delegates time to make their way to the John Smiths Stadium for the afternoon’s Four Nations match:
9.30am Arrival & registration
10.30am Opening plenary
11.00am Q&A session
12.00pm Workshops (Celebrating heritage & SD & The Trust Movement)
12.45pm Lunch & networking
13.15pm Closing address
Tickets for the event are free to those delegates who have already purchased a ticket to the afternoon’s Four Nations match between England and New Zealand with a suggested donation of £10 for those not attending the match.
Exhibition stalls, lunch and refreshments are all included in this very affordable event aimed at everyone with an interest in the game.
This is the must attend event for all rugby league fans, whatever level of the game you support. Why not join us?