Level Playing Field’s Working Together Project Coordinator Kieran Reynolds and Administration and Communications Officer, Chris Summersell visited the Memorial stadium in April to promote the setup of a new Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) at Bristol Rovers Football Club.
The club invited a group of disabled fans to a consultation event where Kieran gave a presentation about the benefits of establishing a DSA. They were also joined by David Munn who presented on the success of Yeovil Town DSA and his role establishing the South West Disabled Fans Experience forum (SWDFEF). The fans present also had the opportunity to talk to Rovers staff about their match day experience and the clubs plans to improve access and inclusion at the club going forward.
The presentation was positively received by the clubs disabled fans and Level Playing Field will now support the formation of a steering group who will be tasked with setting up the new DSA. The steering group will be led by Chair Clive Marshall and Secretary Zoe Kirkby.
The new DSA is being established as part of Level Playing Field’s Working Together project and has also been supported by Bristol Rovers supporters club.
For more information please email DSAbristolrovers@outlook.com.
Steering group secretary Zoe Kirkby said: “We’re going to work hard to set up this association to represent all disabled Bristol Rovers supporters and to work with the club on their behalf so that finally everyone has a voice that’s heard”
Working Together Project Coordinator Kieran Reynolds said: “I would like to thank Bristol Rovers FC and Bristol Rovers Supporters Club for organising the event. We were delighted that the presentations were well received by the fans present and believe that this the establishment of a DSA is positive news for all disabled fans of Bristol Rovers football club.”
Level Playing Field Working Together Project