Disabled fans of Crystal Palace are being urged to get behind the newly formed Crystal Palace Disabled Supporters Association (CPDSA) as the organisation moves towards its official launch date.
With a steering committee elected into position in August, CPDSA is calling on disabled supporters, friends and family to join the association to identify the ongoing needs of the club’s disabled supporters with the aim of improving access and inclusion at Selhurst Park.
David Smith, elected to Chair the DSA committee, is positive about the club’s commitment to improving access and said, “The association’s role is to take the input from the significant number of disabled supporters we have and try to prioritise and understand what issues can be tackled.
It’s early days, but certainly in the initial stages the feedback from the club has been positive. I genuinely believe the club do have a commitment to work with us.
“We have to be realistic. It is an ageing infrastructure, so we’re not going to be able to do everything overnight.”
CPDSA is set to be the 10th DSA set up under the Working Together Project, and earlier this year Level Playing Field Chief Executive, Stephanie Gadd and Working Together Project Co-ordinator Kieran Reynolds visited the club to promote the set-up of the DSA.
Kieran Reynolds spoke of the bright future ahead for CPDSA and the club’s disabled fans, “This is positive news for all disabled fans at Crystal Palace. We are delighted that the football club have continued to back the initiative and we look forward to working with them to take the DSA forward”.
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