As a relatively new wheelchair user my attendance at sporting events came into question. I saw it in a whole new light the many issues to overcome. As an able fan I’d attended various sporting arena’s but in the wheelchair I was apprehensive and rightly so.
I’m lucky the football team I support has a good set up, but few seats in relation to demand along with lack of season ticket opportunity for a disabled fan. Then there’s having someone with me, which isn’t easy as people have busy lives and that’s how and why help4disabled was born with help from a good friend.
Help4Disabled has two main aims the first is to advise football clubs about small changes they could make to help their disabled fans. This is ongoing as we have contacted all 92 football clubs in the football league. We are in the process of producing an information pack for clubs.
The second aim is to set up a national buddy scheme to allow disabled people to attend games with fellow supporters and not have to rely on family and carers whom may not be interested in football which can make match day not as enjoyable for the disabled person as they will miss out on all the banter.
We are making links with disabled people and organisations to help make our dream a reality along with looking into other areas in which we can help.
My thanks to Vicky Besley for sharing her thoughts. You can contact her at www.help4disabled.co.uk/