Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters
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. The cost is £2 for a parking space. Away suppoters accessible parking spaces are located behind the Screwfix Community stand. Drop off 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 visit the club official Website. The ticket office email address is email@example.com
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 3 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 are available from the Socccersight system, coordinated by YTFC stewarding personnel in conjunction with club DSA. Blankets and wheelchairs are also available from stewards, should they be required. Facilities for assistance dogs are available as long as the club is contacted in advance to make arrangements. The concourses do not have rest areas included. There are 3 wheelchairs available for use at no cost and is arranged via the club DSA.
Updated October 2016.
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 Bruce James.
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 £10 per year to any disabled supporter. If you wish to join, why not contact our Secretary Sharon Swain, on 07790 375250, email - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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