Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town

Stadium Information

Stadium

Huish Park

Address

Lufton Way
Yeovil
BA22 8YF

Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters

Name

James Hillier

Telephone no.

01935 423 662

E-mail address

Disabled Supporters Association

Contact Name

Sharon Swain

Telephone no.

07790 375250

Website address

 

 

Accessibility Information

For UK minimum access standards for new and existing stadia and for good practice guidance please click here.

 

Getting There & Parking

 

There is a club car park with 60 accessible parking spaces for home and away supporter’s available, pre book in advance with Sharon Swain as parking is managed by the DSA. 8 parking bays by the club office this season have been replaced with 8 new spaces behind the Copse Rd away stand. Away suppoters accessible parkinghspaces are located behind the Srewfix Community stand. Drop of facilities are not available.

 

National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Yeovil Town see here for more information.

 

Level Playing Field have not verified the information given and we suggest that you contact the station direct if you have any access requirements.

Getting a Ticket

 

 

Supporters requiring tickets in accessible areas are advised to purchase tickets in advance if they do not hold a season ticket. For all the latest ticket information, please ring the Ticket Office 01935 847888 or 01935 423662 Option 1 or visit the club official Website.

 

Spectator Viewing areas

 

Home supporters have 15 spaces for wheelchair users available to them, and these can be found at pitchside. 5 spaces for wheelchair users can be found at pitchside in the home section for away supporters. The accessible seating area has recently being enclosed from some of the elements.

 

NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 96 wheelchair spaces (82 home and up to 14 away). 75% of these should be elevated positions and the remaining 25% pitchside.

 

LPF's view is that many disabled supporters should be able to access general seating areas and only those with specific needs eg those who require extra legroom, or access via aisle seats or who need step free access etc should be allocated seats in the dedicated areas.

 

Based on the above, the club therefore only meets 21% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 76 wheelchair spaces. They should be working on a plan to rectify this deficit within a reasonable timeframe under the auspices of a full independent Access Audit.

Accessible amenities

 

Both home and away fans can use either of the two accessible toilets inside the stadium, located in the seated stands. The club shop is accessible for all fans and has a low level serving counter. Catering kiosks in the home and away sections do not have low level serving counters and so are not fully accessible.

Accessible services & information

 

The club does have a hearing loop in the ticket office. Match audio descriptive commentaries with upgraded equipment are available via headsets from the nearest steward and returned to a steward. Blankets and wheelchairs are also available from stewards, should they be required.  Facilities for assistance dogs are not available.  The concourses do not have rest areas included.

 

Updated October 2014.

DSA Additional Information

 

The YTFC DSA Disabled Information and Facilities Brief is available here.

 

DSA Mission Statement

 

WE ARE THE YTFC DSA

The Yeovil Town Football Club Disabled Supporters Association originated a number of years ago but then became dormant. On 24th June 2009 a meeting was arranged and a new committee was elected to enable the DSA to become active again. Our objectives are: -

1. To represent disabled supporters of YTFC in their dealings with the club

2. To assist in raising funds for the purpose of improving facilities for disabled people at Huish Park stadium

3. To recommend and instigate measures to improve the matchday experience for disabled people at Huish Park stadium

4. To encourage and organise travel to away matches by their members

5. To encourage and organise social events for their members.

Since becoming active again, the membership has increased to nearing the 100 mark. The DSA committee have been very active in many areas including being a programme sponsor, a match ball sponsor as well as funding match day mascots.

 

An ever increasing number of clubs are setting up a DSA and most have also become members of Level Playing Field (The trading name for The National Association of Disabled Supporters). YTFC DSA is a member and has implemented a procedure whereby we contact ALL visiting clubs to Huish Park (irrespective of them having a DSA or not) and offer assistance to any disabled members of that club concerning their visit to Huish Park.

 

We have 66 accessible parking slots at Huish Park which are all allocated to our members and a ‘Disabled Supporters Compound’ where accessible parking slots can be  reserved by away supporters. We also have a number of accessible slots which are on a first come, first served basis. Most clubs have a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) and this position is currently held by James Hillier (Huish Park Stadium Manager). 

 

Each season the DSA will vote for a Player of the Year and a Runner up Player of the Year Award and will present the awards after the last home match of each season. The new committee has built up a good working relationship with the officials of YTFC and have found them to be very supportive.

 

Membership is £5 per year to any disabled supporter. If you wish to join, why not contact our Secretary Sharon Swain, on 07790 375250, email - swainfoley@btinternet.com or write to YTFC DSA Membership Secretary, 26 Christopher Close, Yeovil, BA20 2EH.

 

The YTFC DSA is making every effort; not only to represent our members in every area, but also to raise our awareness to all supporters and hopefully this article has given you an insight about us.

 

December Newsletter available here.. All previous versions can be found here

 

Yeovil Town DSA have their own new website, which is separate from their section on the YTFC website. You can access it at www.ytfcdsa.net

 

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Chris and Tracy Goodchild Reading F C Supporters

Match: our trip to yeovil town fc 31/8/13

Published: 5/9/2013

 

We are Reading F C Supporters who travelled up from Reading on Sat 31/8 to see our team take on Yeovil Town F C in the Championship,we just wanted to thank you and all your staff at the ground for making our visit very special as from the moment that I rang you to arrange special parking for myself and my wife as I am a Blue Badge holder to leaving the ground,no one could have been more helpful.

 

So we want you to know that you should all be very proud of your Club and the staff,and general way your Club is run,your Team and Club are a credit to the Championship,and we are sure you will be fine.

 

Against Reading you were by far the better Team and definatley deserved nothing less than a draw.Considering the money we have spent on players and there so called quality ,we agree on that showing as Gary your Manager said on the radio,that he would not swop any of his players for any of ours.

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Janet Ireland

Match: Yeovil v Sheffield United

Published: 8/5/2013

 

A very friendly club nothing too much trouble. Roger the DLO very helpful.  Level access, pitchside in small cabin like shelters which hold 5 wheelchairs. The carers sit on row behind the cabin and do not get a very good view.  When we were there home fans sat behind but were well behaved not like at other clubs we have visited.  The only disabled toilet is at the other end of the stand in the home area and not easy to access as it is crowded at half time with people queuing for refreshments. NO alarm cord fitted in toilet. Quite good view but get stewards and police walking in front of disabled area.

Seperate disabled car park and free if booked in advance.  Would definitely go again.  

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J&J

Match: 29/01/13

Published: 20/2/2013

 

We visited Huish Park as away fans travelling in our club’s wheelchair accessible mini bus.  This was our second visit, but our first evening visit.   We noticed that at the lst roundabout from the nearby dual carriageway there was no sign for the ground (straight across) and was surprised that from the second roundabout, up the hill to the ground, the traffic was in a very slow (and often non-moving) queue – didn’t recall this from our Saturday visit.  There is a large supermarket and other outlets on this road.

Good parking at the ground and our bus was shown to a space very near to our entrance, which is on the left at the back of the stadium as you approach it.   We were greeted by Roger, the Disabled Liaison Steward, who was very friendly.   He knew all about the headset commentary that my visually impaired husband had requested and provided this for him with no problem.  My husband whilst appreciative of this service, did tell Roger at the end that it had been a very biased commentary and one that you would not have known was specifically to assist people with impaired sight.   Roger said that he would he give this feedback to those doing the commentary.

Provision for away wheelchair fans is in little “bus shelter” like constructions at pitch level in front of the away fans.   As I heard from others that your view is limited in these and I had visions of my husband hitting his heading on them (the roof is low), we chose to sit outside them, if you are going to do this, you need good waterproofs!   

For me the biggest downside of Huish Park is locating the accessible toilet, not least because the stewards nearest us didn’t know where it was!   There is only one, which is at the opposite end of the stadium to the away end, at the back of the small crowded home supporter’s refreshment area, with the toilet door opening out straight onto where they everyone is trying to eat their hot dogs!  The cubicle is not over large, although the stewards were really helpful when I got my waterproof trapped in my wheels!

We would happily visit Huish Park again.

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