April 11, 2012
On 23 March 2012, I made the trip to Nantes in order to attend an event on Supporters’ ownership of football clubs. The public conference was organised by À la Nantaise, an organisation (association) which works on maintaining what they see as the fundamental values of the Football Club de Nantes. One of the ways to achieve this target is to raise money from supporters in order to create a supporters’ fund investing in club shares.
The conference had therefore invited Antonia Hagemann of Supporters’ Direct and the general secretary of the Norwich City’s supporters trust Mike Reynolds together with a couple of academics (Emmanuel Lelore from INSEP, Nicolas Hourcade from Centrale Lyon), a former French International (Vikash Dhorasoo, promoting his manifesto for a new football, Tatane) and, in true French style, a flurry of local politicians, far too numerous to mention. The afternoon also benefited from the presence of journalists from French glossy-but-trashy magazine So Foot and members of the think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté.