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Manchester City FC receives Level Playing Field Centre of Excellence Award

Level Playing Field is delighted to recognise the accessible facilities and services at Manchester City FC and to have presented an “LPF Centre of Excellence Award” at their home game v Swansea City on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

The Etihad Stadium is only the fifth club to achieve this award and sits alongside Wembley, Pride Park (Derby County FC), The American Express (Brighton & Hove Albion FC) and the Emirates (Arsenal FC) Stadiums as the only football grounds to have reached this standard.

The “LPF Centre of Excellence Award” is presented to sporting venues that demonstrate the highest access and inclusion standards in accommodating disabled spectators and visitors on match (or event) and non-match days. To qualify for the award, the club or venue undergoes a Level Playing Field professional access audit and must demonstrate that it meets all good practice standards, equality and access legislation and building regulations for accessible sports stadia.

Manchester City FC has been innovative in making many excellent improvements and provisions for its disabled fans. These include several smart and low cost ground breaking solutions that have established good practice examples for existing stadiums that LPF now hopes other clubs will look to adopt.

Level Playing Field (LPF) recognises Manchester City FC as an excellent example of a club making continued improvements to its disabled fans facilities and services. We are particularly impressed by the “can do” culture throughout the club and based on the findings of the access audit and in recognition of the work that has been done and continues to be done, the LPF Board of Trustees are delighted to award the “LPF Centre of Excellence”.

The award was presented by Tony Taylor, Chair of Level Playing Field and Ruth Hopkins, General Manager and Head of Access & Development and accepted by Danny Wilson on behalf of the club.

You can see Manchester City FC’s own story on their website here.