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Liverpool FC Disabled Supporters Association Forum – 22nd November 2018

Level Playing Field (LPF) are always keen to work with Disabled Supporters Associations (DSAs) – whether they are being set up and in the early stages or whether they are firmly established.

We were pleased to accept the invitation to their Forum from Liverpool FC DSA, to speak about Level Playing Field, what we do and how we can continue to provide our support.

Liverpool FC DSA was set up in 2003 by a group of disabled fans who held coffee mornings to discuss their match day experiences until they were recognised by the club. The committee and members meetings are now held at Anfield courtesy of Liverpool FC.

Liverpool FC DSA holds at least two Members Forums a year as well as a number of social events. They kindly invited Ruth Hopkins, General Manager of LPF to talk about our organisation and provide an update on the work we do.

Ruth spoke about the history of LPF, the outcomes and recommendations from our recent strategic review, our new website and branding, the incorporation of the charity and the work that we do.

Ruth was able to update the group about the support and advice we provide to fans and clubs, our resources and knowledge centre and our campaigning for disabled sports fans. She talked about the LPF Weeks of Action, now entering its 15th year and how we want it to be a period of celebration and inspiration.

Liverpool FC and Liverpool FC DSA have both supported LPF Weeks of Action in the past and we look forward to working with them all again in March 2019.

Ruth also took questions from the floor and joined in later discussions. It was a very interesting evening and a wide range of topics were discussed with a club representative present, who promised to report back to future meetings.

Liverpool FC DSA tweeted after the event, “A great and very useful presentation tonight in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield from Ruth. We are sure many members of Liverpool FC DSA will benefit from this”

Ruth Hopkins said “I was delighted to present to Liverpool FC DSA representing Level Playing Field and updating them on our work and how we can support disabled fans”

“LPF is always pleased to meet with disabled fans and to hear first-hand about their match day experiences. Being invited to participate at a DSA meeting gives us that opportunity.”