On 2nd May 2018, Swansea City FC and Swansea City Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) hosted the 3rd Level Playing Field Welsh Forum at the Liberty Stadium.
The forum was organised by Level Playing Field (LPF) with support from Swansea City FC and Swansea DSA
The objective of the forum was to provide a medium where individual DSAs and club representatives could network and share experiences and best practice. There were presentations from Level Playing Field, Swansea City FC, Swansea DSA and the Swansea Community Trust. There were also appearances from Swansea FC Club Chaplin Kevin Johns and former Swansea FC player Lee Trundle.
A wide range of topics were discussed including the establishment of a Welsh National Team DSA. If you are interested in being a member of the Welsh National Team DSA or would like any more information, please contact the LPF Development Officer, Neal Hickey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPF Projects Coordinator Kieran Reynolds said, “It was great to return to Wales for our third Welsh forum and to see some new and familiar faces sharing information and best practise with each other. I would like to thank Swansea City FC and Swansea DSA for hosting the event. There is a wonderful ethos at the club and a clear commitment to ensuring supporters can enjoy an accessible and inclusive experience. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all clubs and DSAs who have hosted Regional Forums this season and we look forward to our next regional forums in the Autumn”.
Swansea Disability Access Officer Mark Phillips said, “The LPF Welsh Regional Forum provided a fantastic opportunity for DSAs in Wales to engage and share best practice for disabled supporters. As event hosts, our team were able to highlight a number of key areas and initiatives that have greatly improved accessibility for those supporters both attending a match day and through the work of the community trust.
What shone through is how vital DSAs are in guiding football clubs to improve processes and facilities.
It was exciting to see a keen appetite to form a National Team DSA to further enhance the experience of following the Wales and see more Disabled Supporters join the Red Wall. It will be interesting to see how this idea is developed with the support of LPF and the FAW”.
You can read a summary of the forum here.
Related news story from Swansea City website here.