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.
From the 2nd – 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.
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.
Lancashire FA’s Disability & Inclusion Lead, Andrew Whitaker, said: “Lancashire FA wholeheartedly support the Level Playing Field scheme.”
“The power of sport should never be underestimated and having good access and inclusive grounds to allow fan’s with a disability/impairment to enjoy games alongside fellow fans, is crucial. This has such a positive impact on a person’s physical/mental wellbeing and that is vital.”
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