Access and inclusion celebrated during Level Playing Field Weeks of Action
To coincide with the CAFE Week of Action, activities have been taking place across England and Wales to celebrate Total Football Total Access.
Level Playing Field (LPF) - CAFE's partner organisation in England and Wales - arranged for their annual Weeks of Action to coincide with the European initiative this year. There are many activities planned during the LPF Weeks of Action, and a selection of them have been highlighted below.
As reported on www.cafefootball.eu last week, Manchester United has generously offered to donate Level Playing Field Weeks of Action banners to each Premier League and Championship club. Many clubs have received these banners and planning matchday and non-matchday celebrations.
Manchester City have also been active during the LPF Weeks of Action and have scheduled a series of activities through their City in the Community programme throughout the Weeks of Action. A video showing some of these activities will be shown on the big screen at their upcoming match against West Bromwich Albion, when the players will enter the pitch to a guard of honour from Manchester City's Down's Syndrome team.
Sunderland celebrated the LPF Weeks of Action last weekend, with a focus on the matchday experience of fans who have autism to tie in with World Autism Awareness Day. The club's celebrations included a focus on The Shippey Campaign and the Nathan Shippey Sensory Room. The Shippey Campaign's presentation at the 2015 CAFE International Conference can be viewed online here.
At Bradford City's upcoming match with Swindon Town, learning disabled fans are being invited to take photos of their matchday activities to show what the day means to them as part of the Be A Bantam project. These photographs will be displayed at the stadium and will be supplemented by a half-time match involving the Bradford City Disability team.
MK Dons have allocated their match with Brentford as their annual 'Ability Counts' Day. Disabled fans will form a guard of honour as the players enter the pitch and a disabled fan will also carry out the match ball. Next week, accessible stadium tours will be provided for disabled fans followed by a question and answer session with the first-team manager and members of the squad.
Further activities are also taking place across the leagues, promoting improved access and wider inclusion.
LPF’s Weeks of Action were established in 2005 to help highlight the positive initiatives undertaken by clubs, sporting venues and their governing bodies in partnership with disabled sports fans and disabled supporters associations.
To find out more about Level Playing Field's Weeks of Action, please click here.
Keep checking www.cafefootball.eu for information on further activities taking place around Europe and beyond to celebrate Total Football Total Access.