Swansea City DSA was established in 2013 as part of Level Playing Fields Working Together project. Since then they have worked closely with the club to improve their accessible and inclusive facilities and services and have organised several social events for supporters.
DSA member Cath Williams is a season ticket holder at the Liberty Stadium and has shared her matchday experience with us.
My match day experience
“On match days I have lunch at my parents’ house. We always have sausages in a roll… It’s our lucky lunch!
We leave early to make sure we can get a parking space in the overflow park and ride car park. My Mum pushes me from the car park to the stadium in my wheelchair…. I am able to walk with a stick but longer distances are not possible so I need my wheelchair.
We meet our friend Rosie by the shop and make our way to main reception, where they take my wheelchair and store it until the end of the game. The people in reception are always friendly and helpful and, if we’re lucky we see a player who’s not playing that day!!
We go up to level 2 in the lift and chat to our favourite steward. Then to our seats.
We have had the same seats since the Liberty opened but these days I am unable to go down to the refreshment area so Mum goes and gets drinks whilst I read my programme and watch the players warm up. I don’t like not being able to get my own drink and snacks but it just isn’t possible.
When the game is on I sing loud and proud… fortunately the people sitting around me in the West stand have known me for a long time and laugh when I shout that the ref needs to visit Specsavers!!
As the game ends my Mum and Rosie get me to the exit so that I’m not pushed by fans as they leave. Once we get back to reception my wheelchair is usually ready and waiting. Another game over . I love match days!”
DSA Committee member
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