Assessment of Accessible Facilities
Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters
01935 423 662
Disabled Supporters Association
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.
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 descrriptive 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 2013.
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 60 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). He is assisted by Roger Battrick (YTFC DSA Chairman) who is the Liaison Officer between the club and the DSA.
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 - email@example.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.
You can access a copy of the June 2012 newsletter by clicking here the October 2012 newsletter by clicking here the February 2013 by clicking here the June 2013 by clicking here and the October 2013 edition here. The December 2013 is available here and March 2014 here. The June 2014 newsletter can be found here.
In summary the newsletter contains information on the DSA new membership season, a request for disabled fans that would like to travel to away matches, the DSA Player and Young Player of the Year Awards, End of Season meal, information on the SW Disabled Fans Experience Forum, improved facilities at Huish Park and some dates for your diary.
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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