We are proud to be supporting the Level Playing Field’s Unite For Access campaign
Disability charity Level Playing Field is celebrating its annual campaign, ‘Unite for Access’. The campaign will run from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 12 March and aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs to improve accessibility and inclusion across in sport.
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust supports the campaign and are getting involved to help its disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field, understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans in the future.
Who is ‘Level Playing Field’?
Level Playing Field is a sports charity that acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans.
The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:
As a user-led organisation, Level Playing Field members are at the heart of what the charity does. Their shared passion for sport and equality 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
- Quarterly ‘fan’-specific exclusive newsletter
- Invites to take part in events including forums and focus groups
- 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.
Rotherham United implemented our new Changing Places facility at AESSEAL New York Stadium in December 2022. As well as a donation from RUDSA, our Community Sports Trust received funding in order to implement the new facility, with the purpose-built space including adjustable ventures, sinks and toilets, with a shower and modern heating and lighting, making the room economically efficient.
Head of Community Jamie Noble expressed his delight at the introduction of the new facility which he feels further enhances AESSEAL New York Stadium’s reputation as a place where everyone can enjoy their matchday experience.
“As a football club we pride ourselves on supporting the community, not only to live better and healthier lives, but to help make AESSEAL New York Stadium a safe and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy their football. It’s a privilege not only to open this facility, but also to know that it’s been built by local people for local people.”
James Bradshaw, Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Association “With me, volunteering for RUCST at the Disabled Supporters Association, I can see how far the club has come with its disabled supporters relationships and service uses alike through our meetings and coffee shops. The new accessibility changing places toilet and facilities will improve already superb disabled access at the New York Stadium. I love being able to give something back and meeting new people in this community.”
COMMUNITY | Disabled Supporters Open Day! Take a look around our fantastic facilities on Thursday 2nd March, as we will be opening the doors to our disabled fans and organisations. Showcasing our accessible venue to encourage disabled people to attend match days and access the work we do in the community. Please scan the QR Code or book on here https://bit.ly/3XGroUx
Level Playing Field runs a range of active initiatives and services for disabled sports fans., which include:
- The Level Playing Field podcast – A monthly podcast series with exclusive guests from across the sporting community.
- Have Your Say – We ask disabled fans for their feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, from their experience at live sports events
- Club Pages – Level Playing Field offers accessibility information for all clubs from the Premier League, EFL, and National League to help disabled supporters plan and enjoy their matchday.
Level Playing Field’s work
Level Playing Field works 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 club shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.
Areas of improvement can be highlighted 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.