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Inadequate support for disabled sport fans

A recent report reveals that the provision of facilities for disabled sports fans is still “inadequate” even at Premier League grounds and is not seen as a significant issue to professional football clubs.

Wendy Morrell, a disabled football supporter says facilities for disabled people are “way down the list of priorities” for clubs.


Level Playing Field says only 14 of 92 professional football clubs provide the recommended allocated space for wheelchair users and in the Premier League, a third of clubs do not provide any space for disabled away fans with their own supporters.

 Despite the Paralympics being a major success for disabled sports stars the legacy for disabled people has not translated to other areas especially in terms of accessing better facilities or an improved quality of life. Former Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson says the Games improved people’s perception of elite disabled sports stars, but not that of disabled people in general.

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