This Saturday, Rochdale Football Club will be proudly supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Unite For Access’ campaign.
An estimated 22% of the UK population are disabled, making disabled people the largest minority group in the UK.
Still, many disabled sports fans feel that attending live sports is not possible, due to the environmental and societal barriers that disabled football fans face, which make matchdays inaccessible.
The most recent Level Playing Field Fan survey found that 28.5% of disabled sports fans considered the attitudes of others to be a barrier when attending live sport, and over a quarter of disabled fans, 36.5%, said they are unable to attend certain sports or sporting venues due to lack of accessibility.
Dale are proud to participate in Level Playing Field’s new national campaign, 'Unite For Access' – a celebration of accessibility and inclusion for disabled sports fans.
Level Playing Field is the leading charity advocating for disabled sports fans in England and Wales, and our dedicated 'Unite For Access' matchday is one of many happening across stadiums up and down the country over two weeks.
As a club, we believe that all people should be able to attend live sports, regardless of disability. We are committed to making Dale and the Crown Oil Arena accessible to all, and will continue to take steps to improve, but we also call on all supporters to come with us on this journey. We all have our part to play.
In recent years, we have introduced Accessibility Passports, which are available for supporters who have a disability and aims to improve the matchday experience.
Rochdale AFC Community Trust have made matchday sensory packs available, which can be ordered ahead of Saturday’s game.
This coming Saturday, our Ability Counts teams have been invited to the game as our guests, and the players will be wearing Level Playing Field warm-up t-shirts before the game.
We know that talking about disability can be daunting sometimes, it’s a complex subject matter. That’s why we invite all supporters, disabled and non-disabled, to engage with us on this important campaign and to ensure access and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.
Good disability access benefits everyone… and that's why we ask all to:
Unite for your team
Unite for your fans
If you want to know more about the work of Level Playing Field please visit www.levelplayingfield.org.uk, or find them across social media by searching Level Playing Field.