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ALBION COMMENDED FOR SERVICE TO DISABLED SUPPORTERS

15 August 2016

The club featured top of an accessibility league table.


Brighton & Hove Albion have been commended for the service provided to disabled supporters at the Amex by the charity Revitalise.
 
The national disabled people’s charity published an accessibility league table of Championship clubs and Albion, along with Blackburn, Derby and Rotherham, all exceeded 100% compliance with UEFA’s recommendation for wheelchair spaces.
 
Executive director Martin Perry said, "This is further recognition of the outstanding work done at the club to make football an inclusive sport for everyone to enjoy.

"It is absolutely vital that we cater for the needs of everyone that visits our wonderful stadium and we remain committed to making the Amex accessible to all."
 
The club continues to be one of the leading clubs in its provision for disabled supporters, with the stadium designed to cater for those with disabilities both inside and outside the stadium.
 
Albion have more than 100 disabled parking spaces close to the ground, available at half price to both home and visiting fans with blue badges.
 
A specially equipped bus service is also available for transporting people in wheelchairs between the car parks and the Amex.
 
The stadium itself has fantastic viewing areas for our disabled fans, with 175 wheelchair spaces on raised platforms and pitchside.
 
There a total of 30 disabled toilets inside the ground, 35 accessible toilets (larger cubicles) and a Changing Places facility.

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Matt Francis, a Brighton & Hove Albion and England Powerchair international added, “You can come to a game at the Amex and for 90 minutes you are just a football fan like everyone else.'
 
“I travel to a lot of away games and one thing that frustrates me is that sometimes you have to sit with the home fans. At the Albion it is completely different.
 
“This recognition from Revitalise just reinforces what a forward thinking club the Albion are.”

The matchday experience is further enhanced for disabled supporters, as audio-description commentary is provided at every game. Home and away fans who are visually impaired are able to use the receivers and headsets free of charge.
 
Commentator Steve Baker received widespread high praise for his service on a matchday from Lord David Blunkett, who attended the Albion v Sheffield Wednesday play-off semi-final second leg tie last season.
 
The club remains determined to improve the matchday experience even further for disabled supporters, with a number of new initiatives set for the 2016/17 season.
 
An access statement has been drafted containing all the information about the access provision for both home and away disabled fans at the stadium.
 
A survey will also be sent out to disabled fans, so that the club continues to make the stadium an inclusive venue for everyone.


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