Level Playing Field 2024

Saturday’s fixture between Blackpool FC and Portsmouth FC is not just a clash on the pitch; it’s a celebration of inclusivity and a commitment to ensuring that every football fan can enjoy the beautiful game equally. This special matchday is proudly presented as the Unite for Access, Level Playing Field 2024 fixture.

In an inspiring collaboration, Blackpool FC Community Trust and Blackpool FC are teaming up with three Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools in Blackpool to create an inclusive and welcoming LionTrust matchday experience for all. This initiative is a testament to the Trust’s dedication to ensuring that football is a sport for everyone.

Paul Mullin, Community Engagement Officer said,

“The Level Playing Field, Unite for Access event is a fantastic initiative. With this event, we’re offering tickets to the three SEND schools in Blackpool we work with for a child and parent/carer to attend. This opportunity only increases our already great working relationship with the schools. I know that most of the children who attend today will never have attended a professional football match before. I hope that overall, it will be a positive experience for them and one to remember. And no doubt I’ll hear all about it at school the week after.”

The Unite for Access, Level Playing Field 2024 fixture aims to bridge the gap between disabled and non-disabled supporters. Blackpool FC Community Trust has been working closely with SEND schools to provide necessary accommodations, ensuring that every fan, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy the excitement of live football in an inclusive environment.

The Unite for Access, Level Playing Field 2024 fixture is not just a one-time event but a symbol of Blackpool FC’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity. The club aims to create a legacy of accessibility, inspiring other football clubs and sports organisations to follow suit.

Graham Moon, Blackpool FC Disability Liasion Officer said,

“Football is a unique opportunity for disabled people with either visible or non-visible disabilities to get out and be considered as equal as everyone else and is a unique mixing opportunity to stand with our friends and observe the beautiful game of football.”

As fans, you play a crucial role in making this initiative a success. Show your support for inclusivity by participating in various activities, learning more about accessibility, and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all supporters.

Let’s unite for access and create a level playing field for everyone at Bloomfield Road. Enjoy the match, and together, let’s make football a sport that truly belongs to everyone!

For more information on our LCC Short Breaks and HAF Stars half-term camps for disabled young people or any of our other inclusive community sessions please email info@bfcct.co.uk