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Voice of the Fans

Saturday 29th October 2016 – 9:30am to 1:30pm

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

This year’s Must Attend Event for all Rugby League fans!

Supporters Direct’s Voice of the Fans conference will be held on the morning of Saturday 29th October at the RFL’s archive, Heritage Quay, at the University of Huddersfield.

We are very pleased to announce this year’s Voice of the Fans keynote speaker as Brian Barwick, Chairman of the Rugby Football League and a board member of the Rugby League International Federation.  

Jon Dutton Director of Projects and Planning says ‘The RFL are once again delighted to support the Voice of the Fans Conference. ‘After a hugely successful event in 2015 the Conference offers a great opportunity for those with a passion for the game to come together and discuss the topical issues facing the sport ahead of England’s first game in the Four Nations.’  

Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a lively Q&A session hosted by the excellent Alex Simmons, founder and presenter of Rugby AM, with a panel including of Jon Dutton from the RFL, former Cronulla Sharks Chairman Damian Irvine, former England player, dual Challenge cup winner and youngest ever Great Britain player to tour, Bobby Goulding and Brigid Power from RL Cares who will discuss the latest plans around the National Rugby League Museum.

Please pre-submit questions to the panel via email to

There will be two workshops to attend on celebrating club and game heritage with Helen Peacock from the Heritage Lottery Fund & Brigid Power from RL Cares and a session dedicated to Supporters Direct’s ongoing work assisting and empowering fans with a focus on supporter-ownership and a presentation on the subject 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 Address & Keynote Speaker

11:15am    Q&A session

12.00pm            Workshops (Celebrating heritage & SD & The Trust Movement)

12.45pm            Lunch & networking

13.15pm        Closing address

13.30pm          Ends

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.

A delegate goodie bag, 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?

To book your ticket and register your place now visit

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Q&A with Jon Dutton,Damien Irvine,Brigid Power and Bobby Goulding hosted by Alex Simmons along with workshops Celebrating Heritage and SD Supporters Trust Movement &Fan Ownership along with keynote Speaker Brian Barwick. A great way to fill in the day before the 4nations match. Book you place via the link.

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