Albion received another important accolade last night.
Brighton & Hove Albion were presented with a Centre of Excellence Award by Level Playing Field at last night's game against Sheffield Wednesday. The award was handed over by LPF vice president and trustee David Davies to Albion director Martin Perry.
The American Express Community Stadium is only the second stadium in the English Football League and fourth in the country to achieve the award, alongside Wembley, Pride Park and the Emirates.
Martin Perry said, “We’ve got a fantastic stadium, but what we’ve done is concentrate and make sure that whoever comes here has the very best fan experience, and that’s what it’s all about."
David Davies added, "The truth is, Brighton are leading the way in looking after their supporters. On behalf of Level Playing Field, who are doing a lot for disabled supporters in England and further afield across Europe, I want to say thank you to Brighton for getting it done and showing what can be done."
The LPF Centre of Excellence Award is given to sporting venues that demonstrate the highest access and inclusion standards in accommodating disabled spectators and visitors on match and non-match days.
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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.
Level Playing Field said, "Level Playing Field recognises Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club as an excellent example of a club making continued improvements to its disabled fans facilities.
"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."
Meanwhile, the views of Albion fans back up the award. Supporters were asked to rate their experience of the disabled facilities in a feedback survey earlier in the season, with 98% rating their matchday experience as either excellent or very good. More than 88% also felt their view of the action was very good or better.