ENABLE has recently secured funding for a four-year extension of the project made possible by funding from Gålö Foundation and Stockholm Advisory Board. Additionally through the support of Swedish Elite Football all 32 clubs from Allsvenskan and Superettan have now joined and agreed to support and as such ENABLE is now ready enter into a new phase with a significant expansion of its activities throughout 2016.
“The funding represents a major breakthrough in terms of our capacity to bring about evidence based solutions to the problems confronting Swedish football in terms of safety and security. We are extremely grateful to the Galo Foundation and the Stockholm Advisory Board for making this possible. Their support is not just important practically. It represents a very important endorsement of the work that we have done so far. We will build on these successes and our activities through 2016 will produce meaningful and important research that will have a measureable impact on the situation. ” says Dr. Clifford Stott, University of Leeds who is project co-lead.
The CEO of Svensk Elitboll Mats Enquist is pleased that all Swedish clubs have joined ENABLE:
“With ENABLE we get an independent project organisation that can offer us evidence based solutions and guidance that can optimise the clubs’ and other stakeholder’s work on safety and security issues. The ENABLE-project provides us, a platform for an objective analysis. In this way ENABLE helps us to facilitate answers on how we and other important stakeholders can work in the best possible ways. As this is done through bringing international experience to bear, its research and evidence-based methods only strengthens its legitimacy. It is very appreciated to have this support so that we can concentrate on doing the right things instead of debating differences of opinions.”
In 2016 a series of activities will be initiated starting with a High-level workshop in Gothenburg 9-10 February (LINK) followed by the yearly ENABLE conference held in March in Stockholm. More information on that conference will follow shortly. The project will then conduct a series of observations in Sweden and abroad throughout 2016.
“The observations give us the opportunity to add an international perspective to the Swedish context as we bring in competences from supporter’s organisations, police institutions and universities. This brings a lot of value to the project” says Filip Lundberg, Djurgårdens IF who is project co-lead.
With all clubs from Allsvenskan and Superettan in the project as well as a long list over other participants the project is unique:
“To have clubs, supporters, police and academics in the same project is remarkable. It offers us a platform for multi-agent collaboration that is very unique”, says Jonas Havelund, University of Southern Denmark.
Participating Swedish clubs
|AIK Stockholm||BK Häcken||Djurgårdens IF||Falkenbergs FF|
|Gefle IF||GIF Sundsvall||Halmstads BK||Hammarby IF|
|Helsingborgs IF||IF Elfsborg||IFK Göteborg||Kalmar FF|
|Malmö FF||IFK Norrköping||Örebro SK||Åtvidabergs FF FC|
|Assyriska F||Athletic FC United||Brommapojkarna||Degerfors IF|
|GAIS||IFK Värnamo||IF Frej Täby||Jönköpings Södra|
|Ljungskile||Mjällby||IK Sirius||Syrianska FC|
|Utsiktens BK||Varbergs BoIS FC||Ängelholms FF||Östersunds FK|