Confederation focuses its action of penyes and their members and sets new goals to continue modernising the movement
After a five-year period that has brought the consolidation, among other plans, of the organisation and internationalisation of the FC Barcelona supporters’ movement, the Supporters’ Clubs World Confederation has set out on the road established by the new Penyes Segle XXI 2021-2026 project. The programme has been presented to all candidates in the upcoming presidential elections, all of whom fully support its manifesto, which is looking at new ways to boost and streamline the supporters’ clubs movement around the world, continuing the good work in this area since 2003.
Penyes and members at the heart
The new project is focused on the Penya members, looking to create a closer and more effective relationship, with an eye to making the movement more sustainable over time. The Confederation is also aiming to make its supporters more dynamic, with an increase in both online and face-to-face activities, and the full implication of all members, especially younger ones, while also fostering more synergies with FC Barcelona members. This particularly revolves around coordinating the actions of the 30 territorial federations, who role and development have been such a key factor since the outset.
Digitalisation is another major focus area for the coming months, as it helps to streamline relation between the different parties. Official supporters’ will be able to adopt a digital identity, which complements their Penyista Card, and which will offer new benefits and make online operations easier. The Confederation is already highly active in the digital realm, with six million followers on social networks.
The Confederation’s plans for 2021-2026 also include the continuation of several of the projects that have led to such major developments in recent years. It shall continue encouraging the integration of clubs in their social surroundings, as well as their dedication to charity, sporting, cultural and educational causes. It will also continue to foster international expansion, one of the great progress areas of late and also one of the key focus areas.
Dialogue with the Club
One of the reasons for the Confederation’s recent success, and which is another key area of the 2021-2026 plan, is constant conversation with FC Barcelona. The Confederation also wants to push collaboration with the Barça Foundation, the Agrupació Barça Jugadors, as well as the Agrupació de Penyes i Clubs de Futbol and the penyes associated with the Espai d’Animació at Camp Nou.