Brighton & Hove Albion are turning a negative into a positive by donating tickets reclaimed from anti-social fans to local children, who otherwise might not have the chance to watch Premier League football.
The club has made a number of tickets available to children via the Rocking Horse Children’s Charity, Extratime – a charity that works with children and young people with disabilities in Brighton & Hove – and by working with Brighton & Hove City Council’s fostering services.
The tickets are those which have been reclaimed from fans who’ve been excluded from the stadium due to anti-social behaviour, although the club has re-allocated the seats within the stadium.
Chief executive and deputy chairman, Paul Barber, commented, “We have no desire whatsoever to profit from the unacceptable and anti-social behaviour of a small number of people by re-selling the tickets we have confiscated from them.
“We do however want to put the seats they have vacated to good use throughout the remainder of this season – and, in particular, to give local kids the chance to see Brighton & Hove Albion play Premier League football, who might not otherwise have had that opportunity.
“We felt this was an ideal way to turn a negative into a positive and to continue to fill the Amex with as many young fans as possible as often as possible. We are delighted to work with Rocking Horse, Extratime and the City Council, who all do great work with local kids, to make this happen.”
The move has been welcomed by the three local organisations and Extratime chief executive Sam Price said, “We’re so grateful to the Albion for offering tickets for some of our families to attend matches.
“The club have been really accommodating to ensure the young people we support, who have a range of disabilities and additional needs, can enjoy the match day experience, by ensuring wheelchair spaces are available and organising access to the new Inclusion Room.
“Lots of the young people who come to Extratime’s clubs and holiday schemes are big Seagulls fans and they are really excited to have the opportunity to attend a match.
“We’d like to thank the club and Albion in the Community for their continued support of Extratime and wish the team good luck for the game tonight!”