UCFB is proud of its involvement in new research which has been publicised, looking at the role of fans in governing football under a new independent regulator.

Lecturer in BA (Hons) Football Business and Media, Kevin Rye, contributed towards the report by Think Tank Civitas, which also focuses on the wider issues on fan engagement.

Kevin was at the formal launch of the report earlier this month, as part of a group of experts, policymakers and MPs discussing the findings and the government’s expected White Paper on the independent regulator.

Kevin said: “I was interviewed as part of the research by the author, Aaryaman Banerjee at the Think Tank Civitas in the report: ‘Governing the Beautiful Game: the future of football in civil society.’

“The research I carry out, the annual Fan Engagement Index, and my analysis of Fan Engagement in English men’s football was extensively quoted in Chapter III Communication in English Men’s Football.”

“This research is important because the government (and the opposition Labour Party), is pledged to introduce an Independent Regulator for English men’s football, and this is a paper which outlines many of the ideas as to how that should be done.”

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