Weeks of Action: New shelters for disabled supporters installed at Prenton Park
Tranmere’s new disabled shelters will be officially opened at Saturday’s home game against Wrexham.
The shelters, which have been partly funded by donations from Merseyrail, the Tranmere Rovers Disabled Supporters Association and the Lee Knight Foundation, will cover supporters using the wheelchair bays at the front of the Bebington Paddock.
They are another step in the improvement of facilities for disabled supporters at Prenton Park following the introduction of new disabled sections in both the Kop Stand and Main Stand, a stair lift enabling supporters in wheelchairs to access the Club’s executive lounges and making the new Club Shop wheelchair friendly.
Tranmere Rovers Chairman Mark Palios said: “We’re delighted to offer further improvements to our facilities for disabled supporters. It’s another step forward inspired by Lee Knight and the TRDSA.
“The shelters will provide protection from wind and rain for fans in wheelchairs and their carers and hopefully improve their matchday experience.
“We’re grateful for the support shown by Merseyrail, the Lee Knight Foundation and the Tranmere Rovers Disabled Supporters Association which has helped this upgrade to happen.”
Mike Knight, TRDSA and Lee Knight Foundation committee member, added: "I’m so proud to see the shelters go into the disabled section in front of the Bebington Paddock.
“The starting point of Lee’s campaign was to better the disabled facilities at Prenton Park and this is another big improvement. So much has been achieved since Lee started his work and we would like to thank everyone who has helped or been involved in the Lee Knight Foundation.”
Last summer, Tranmere received praise in the House of Lords for the Club’s work in improving facilities for disabled supporters.
Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond said, "Tranmere Rovers is firmly, completely committed to disability access.
"At the end of [last] season it was relegated from the Football League, yet its commitment to disability access and its desire to be a leader in this area holds true.”
Tickets for disabled supporters are available from the Club Shop at Prenton Park or by calling 03330144452.