The 14th annual Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action is set to get underway with clubs, disabled supporters associations (DSAs) and fans joining together to celebrate the matchday experience for disabled fans.
On Saturday 9th March at our fixture with Grimsby Town, there will be an array of matchday and non-matchday activities hosted by sports clubs that shine a light on the good work that is done to improve the enjoyment and experience of disabled sports fans.
Disabled people are the largest minority group in any population, and with sport having such a unique capacity to bring people together, accessible and inclusive stadia are essential for disabled people to take their rightful places and to participate fully within our society. For this to be possible, it is important to remove stereotypes and for all barriers to inclusion to be removed whether they be societal, physical, sensory, intellectual or attitudinal.
Weeks of Action is a celebration of those who make access and inclusion for disabled sports fans a reality, whilst also recognising that there is much work still left to do. This is a chance to celebrate the matchday experience for disabled fans. We hope shining a light on the positives of attending a live matchday will help remove those barriers and promote a culture of accessibility and inclusiveness within sport. Put simply, changing the game for disabled people changes lives.
You can get involved in the Weeks of Action campaign by posting your messages of support on Twitter (@lpftweets) & Facebook (/lpftweets) using the hashtag #WeeksOfAction
For more information on Weeks of Action: http://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/weeks-action
Chair of the Crawley Town Disabled Supporters Association, Barbara Robinson added: "We hope that shining a light on the good work that has been done here at The People’s Pension Stadium, to improve the enjoyment and experience of disabled fans, will show the positives of attending a live matchday for disabled people. The improvements that have been made have helped remove barriers and promote a culture of accessibility and inclusiveness here at CTFC."
You can contact Barbara to find out more about the DSA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.