As part of #InternationalDayofDisabledPeople, Level Playing field are looking back through 2020 and rediscovering some of the more positive, impactful and challenging stories in what has been an unforgettable year, highlighting the barriers disabled people face not just in sport, but on a daily basis and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
We kicked off the day by sharing a story from Kieran Reynolds, who works as a Community Engagement Worker at Stop Hate UK.
Next, we revisit our trip to Hotel Football in January with the EFL to talk to a select number of fans about access and inclusion in the build-up to Weeks of Action 2020.
Claire and Joe are Plymouth Argyle supporters attend all home games and a majority of away games even though they live in Essex with a 500-mile round trip each home game. For Joe, sport is everything.
This is Joe and Claire’s story.
Unsung heroes of football can be the people off the pitch – those who are working inside the club to bring about positive changes for its supporters.
Christine works at Tranmere Rovers and has seen the clubs attitude towards disability change dramatically over the past five years. She has been at the forefront of working with Tranmere supporters and the Disabled Supporters Association (TRDSA) to continue moving forward and make changes, so all disabled supporters who come and watch a game at Prenton Park have the best match day experience as possible.
This is Christine’s story.
The feeling of being wanted and welcomed is something that all people, not just disabled people, should expect in all walks of life.
Sadly, for some disabled supporters when going to watch a live game, that feeling is not always there.
Brian is a Preston North End supporter and has seen the changes that the club have made over the years first hand, to make him feel valued and welcomed at the Deepdale Stadium.
This is Brian story.