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Dale Proud To Support Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’

1 March 2021

Rochdale Football Club are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign, which got under way at the weekend.

Disability charity Level Playing Field are celebrating their 17th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 14 March, which aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

As with fans, Level Playing Field will be absent from the terraces this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which means they will be taking their campaign virtual for the first time ever!

To support the campaign, Dale are getting involved by helping our disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field and understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans.

In addition, we have chosen our League One fixture against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday 9th March as our 'Weeks of Action' matchday. The players will be wearing Level Playing Field branded t-shirts during the warm-up. 

 

Who are ‘Level Playing Field’?

Level Playing Field are a sports charity that act as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans. 

The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:

 

Membership programme

As a user led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality really drives them to influence long term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.

The Level Playing Field ‘Fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:

  • Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter with general LPF updates.
  • Quarterly ‘Fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
  • Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
  • Official membership Certificate.
  • It’s free to become a member.

 

Other benefits include:

  • Access to independent, expert advice and guidance on access and inclusion issues.
  • Opportunity to feedback on Access and Inclusion through LPF’s annual survey.
  • Opportunity to network with other disabled fans, fan groups and disability/sports organisations.

To become a Level Playing Field member, click here or contact ben@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

 

Active Level Playing Field initiatives

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, especially specific to the current climate of living through a global pandemic.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives:

  • Talking sport - Level Playing Field launched the Talking Sport initiative to help reduce loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

  • Match of the Day… Before – Every Monday the Fans Liaison Team host an open-invitation zoom call, where fans can come along and chat about all the weekend action. Email liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk for more information.

 

 

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

 

Level Playing Field’s work

Level Playing Field work behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible clubs shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.

Areas of improvement can be highlight by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:

  • Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants)
  • Club staff training
  • Expert advice and guidance

If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, follow them on social media.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about Level Playing Field!


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