The Level Playing Field weeks of action is an annual fortnight for clubs to showcase the positive work undertaken with disabled supporters.
LPF is a registered charity in England and Wales, and acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation to its membership and other parties across all sports.
It believes that being a disabled person is a social issue and that an individual only becomes disabled because of the social, attitudinal and environmental barriers that the individual faces.
Efforts are focused on removing these barriers within football and other sports with members knowing they have succeeded when all fans can enjoy an equal experience at live football matches and other sports events.
They are guided by the following principles:
- Anti-discrimination - so that disabled people do not face discrimination arising from poor or misinformed practice.
- Equality of opportunity or making things fairer - for disabled people in every aspect of their contact with football clubs.
- Increasing the independence and choices that disabled people have.
- Individual needs / Diversity - recognising that a disabled person is an individual who, like all others, has his or her own needs, abilities, human rights and responsibilities.
- Integration/inclusion – such that services are made accessible to disabled people and offer choice.
- Involvement in decision-making - so that disabled people, and/or their advocates, are consulted before decisions which affect them are made.
- The social model of disability explains that it is social and physical ‘barriers’ that cause ‘disability’ not impairments.
Here at Rochdale AFC, we fully support the cause and work in the local community with weekly coaching sessions held at the Club for young people and adults plus our annual link up with Redwood School, organising coaching sessions in term time and in the summer holidays.
We have two teams enjoying success in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League with our Open Age team looking like winning their League plus a high finish for the under 16s.