West Bromwich Albion have announced plans to improve access and inclusion at the Hawthorns as part of the clubs Weeks of Action celebrations.
The Baggies will be all set to comply with Accessible Stadia standards by the start of the 2017/18 season in what will prove to be a massive ‘Game Changer’ for disabled supporters.
Work has already begun in the West Stand and Birmingham Road End’s West corner as the Club sets about extending wheelchair user spaces and accessibility features to further improve the matchday experience for disabled supporters.
Plans include to install a Changing Places facility, an increase in wheelchair user spaces around the stadium, the introduction of accessible concourse areas, developments in signage and wayfinding and training for club staff.
WBA Director of Operations, Mark Miles said: “I am sure our supporters will back the Club’s desire to ensure that our Accessibility features are in line with all recommendations”, and added that the club is “determined to provide facilities that all supporters can use and enjoy, making reasonable adjustments where necessary”
Albion have consulted with West Bromwich Albion Disabled Supporters Club throughout the process and Chair, Kevin Candon, said: “We have worked closely with the club over a number of years on accessibility issues and even more so over the past few months, helping to develop their plans in line with the recommendations in the Accessible Stadia Guide.
“I and the rest of the committee look forward to seeing the forthcoming improvements and welcome the Club’s support for these changes.”
Level Playing Field General Manager, Ruth Hopkins, said: ‘I am impressed at the club’s commitment to improve their facilities for disabled spectators and the ambitious plans they have put in place to comply with Accessible Stadia standards. This will be a ‘Game Changer’ for all disabled fans visiting the Hawthorns.”
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