Crawley Town DSA tell us about #OurMatchday - Weeks of Action 2018

Crawley Town DSA members

Crawley Town DSA was established in 2014 and they have worked closely with the club to improve their accessible and inclusive facilities and services.

 

As part of our Weeks of Action campaign we have been asking fans and DSAs to share their matchday experience with us. In response to this year’s theme #OurMatchday some of Crawley DSA's members shared their experiences below. The interview has also been published on the club website

 

What were your early experiences of attending live football games?

 

Watching Fulham and Chelsea when I was four - over 50 years ago!

 

What’s the most enjoyable part about your matchday?

 

Watching the match in the company of regular supporters and even better when we win!

 

What are the positive things your club does to make your matchday as inclusive and enjoyable as possible?

 

I would like to congratulate our Chair and the club for the initiative re getting refreshments for disabled supporters. This does add to the match day experience and enjoyment, along with team-sheets.

 

In three words how would you describe your matchday experience?

 

Enjoyable, usually fun!

 

If you could give any advice to a wheelchair user who hasn’t yet attended a live football game and is cautious about doing so, what would you say?

 

Don’t be worried, just try it. Let the club know you are coming and a space can be reserved for your transport and wheelchair. You’ll get a warm welcome at Crawley!

 

What makes watching live sport more enjoyable than watching it on TV?

 

The atmosphere generated by fans, making your own judgment on refereeing decisions and general discussion with fellow supporters.

  

What were your early experiences of attending live football games?

 

In 1946 watching Plymouth Argyle and non-league Tavistock

 

What’s the most enjoyable part about your matchday?

 

Meeting friends, the colours, noise and surrounding fans who make us feel welcome.

 

What are the positive things your club does to make your matchday as inclusive and enjoyable as possible?

 

Free blue badge parking, a lift to my seat and a welcoming steward.

 

In three words how would you describe your matchday experience?

 

Hopeful, disappointing, brilliant!

 

If you could give any advice to a wheelchair user who hasn’t yet attended a live football game and is cautious about doing so, what would you say?

 

Watch the video on the club website. It will give you the information you need to try it with confidence. The Disability Liaison Officer will meet you when you arrive, if you request help.

 

What makes watching live sport more enjoyable than watching it on TV?

 

Getting out of the house and the camaraderie.

 


8.3.2018