This year Level Playing Field are planning to invite anyone interested - who would like to trial and develop a Match Buddies project – for their area to get in touch with us.
Match Buddies takes a partnership approach to matching disabled people with a ‘buddy’ who has a shared passion for sport to simply enjoy the game, the socialising and the atmosphere together, just like anyone else.
For example, the Never Watch Alone Initiative in Wigan works with the Learning Disability Partnership Board, local charity Embrace, Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club to make this happen.
Would you like to be part of looking to develop a Match Buddies type scheme in your area?
Do you miss attending live sports because you would like to go with a buddy and haven’t found one?
Can you suggest people who should be on our list to contact across England and Wales? We are particularly looking for people or organisations who can help to get our information sent out as widely as possible to disabled or sports interested groups.
To find out more or to tell us about your experience as a disabled sports fan, contact us on 0208 621 2403, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Level Playing Field Match Buddies project is currently on hold while we try to secure further funding or sponsorship.
We believe there is a need for this partnership approach and hope for some news later this season.
In the meantime, if you would like to be kept informed of any progress or you’d like to get involved, please email us with the heading “Match Buddies Project” and we’ll be in touch as soon as we have news.