Supporting Level Playing Field Weeks of Action 2019

Blackpool FC Community Trust was pleased to support the 2019 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action on Tuesday night.

Level Playing Field focuses on removing barriers for disabled fans in all sports. All fans can enjoy an equal experience at sports venues which are fully accessible and inclusive. Disabled people constitute the largest minority group at around 15% of the population and this number is increasing year on year? Naturally, a large number of disabled people are football fans too and we are pleased to take this opportunity to thank our own disabled fans for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.

This annual initiative, now in its 14th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.

The Trust celebrated Level Playing Field Weeks of Action by inviting its participants with disabilities such as down’s syndrome, amputations and cerebral palsy.

Seven children and young adults had an all-access tour of Bloomfield Road before having a kick about on the pitch with Bloomfield Bear. They also met the players who signed their t-shirts.

This year we celebrated Blackpool FC’s matchday experience for disabled fans. We wanted to shine a light on the positives of attending a live matchday and in turn help remove those barriers and promote a culture of accessibility and inclusiveness within sport.

Trust’s Inclusion Officer Dave Maclean said, “The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight inclusion and accessibility for disabled fans. It was a great occasion and the children and young adults involved absolutely loved it. We had 40 disabled fans and carers in attendance to see Blackpool v Doncaster.”

For more information on PAN Ability or Level Playing Field, contact us on 01253 348691.