Football clubs in the Barclays premier league have agreed to improve the accessibility of their stadia to disabled fans. The clubs have pledge to complete these changes by August 2017.
- A government report which was released on Monday had criticized the inadequate facilities and support for disabled fans across the country Minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson MP had said “common sense can fix” some issues, but accepted other areas “will need some work”. And following these criticism, clubs in the Premier league decided to make moves in order to correct the current situation. Clubs and officials representing the disabled fans met and came up with a workable solution to the problem. A Premier League statement said: “We are undertaking our own assessment by surveying every Premier League stadium to determine improvements for disabled access. “Disability access was discussed at the Premier League shareholders meeting last week with several new proposals agreed.”
- Planning attendance: Clubs should provide attendance for all groups of disabled people. They should provide information such as stadium distance from local parking and gradient of pavements.
- Buying a ticket: Clubs should allow disabled spectators to buy tickets online. They should provide wheelchair seating that allows disabled spectators to sit with family and friends.
- Travelling to and from the venue: Clubs should provide up to date transport information.
- Overall experience: Match day and club stewards should be given disability awareness training, while abusive behaviour towards disabled spectators should not be tolerated.
- Aids and adaptations: Clubs should increase the number of wheelchair user places for stadiums with more than 10,000 seats.
Disabled fans in the Barclays premier league would be happy at the new development which would tale effect at the end of next season.