The 16th 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...
From Saturday 29th February to Sunday 17th March 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.
Stevenage Football Club is backing the campaign for its Sky Bet League Two match against Walsall FC with Level Playing Field branding and merchandise taking over the Matchday in the form of warm-up t-shirts, scarves, badges and flags.
We will be showcasing the North Stand's brand-new Wheelchair Disabled facilities and speaking to some of the Club's Wheelchair Disabled Season Ticket Holders about the Club's improved amenities and initatives, including free poncho and blanket hire, a food delivery service and low-level counters at the North Stand Ticket Office and Concourse Tea Bars.
In addition, members of the Upfront Project, Stevenage Football Club Foundation's Ambulant Disabled Team will be special guests to the match.
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.