The world’s richest and most popular football league has kicked off again and thousands of fans attended the first game of the new season.
But I wonder how many disabled supporters were among them? Not nearly as many as wanted to, if our own research is anything to go by.
I work for the charity Revitalise, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers.
Accessible excursions are an integral part of what we do, so we wanted to find what Premiership clubs were doing for their disabled fans on match days. The results made for depressing reading.
We found out that all the clubs had signed up to guidelines and promised to improve their provision for disabled people over 10 years ago, but after all that time only three Premiership clubs - Arsenal, Bournemouth and Swansea - had the recommended number of spaces for wheelchair users. Disabled supporters have a right to expect the same enjoyable, socially inclusive experience as every other fan, which is why we’re calling for football clubs to up their game and provide better facilities and services for disabled fans. We don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Colin Brook, Revitalise