THE Brewers are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign.
Disability charity Level Playing Field is celebrating its 17th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign which started on Saturday, January 27, and which runs to Sunday, March 14, during which it aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.
As with fans, Level Playing Field will be absent from the terraces this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which means it will be taking the campaign virtual.
To support the campaign, Burton Albion FC is getting involved by helping our disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field and understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans.
Saturday’s home game against Sunderland will be our official Level Playing Field fixture.
Matt Hancock, Head of Community at Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “Just because fans can’t watch the games live at the moment, doesn’t mean we have stopped supporting them.
“We are also always committed to making Burton Albion accessible for everyone and want all fans to be able to enjoy everything that goes on at the football club and trust. That’s why we are delighted to showcase the work of Level Playing Field this week and to work with the organisation year-round on our shared values and aims.”
Level Playing Field is a sports charity that acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans.
The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:
As a user-led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality really drives them to influence long term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.
The Level Playing Field ‘Fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:
- Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter with general LPF updates.
- Quarterly ‘Fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
- Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
- Official membership Certificate.
- It’s free to become a member.
Other benefits include:
- Access to independent, expert advice and guidance on access and inclusion issues.
- Opportunity to feedback on Access and Inclusion through LPF’s annual survey.
- Opportunity to network with other disabled fans, fan groups and disability/sports organisations.
Active Level Playing Field initiatives
Level Playing Field runs a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, especially specific to the current climate of living through a global pandemic.
Active Level Playing Field initiatives:
- Talking sport - Level Playing Field launched the Talking Sport initiative to help reduce loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Match of the Day… Before – Every Monday the Fans Liaison Team hosts an open-invitation zoom call, where fans can come along and chat about all the weekend action. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Level Playing Field podcast – The latest Level Playing Field initiative, a monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.
To find out more about the above, contact email@example.com.
Level Playing Field’s work
Level Playing Field works behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible club shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.
Areas of improvement can be highlight by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:
- Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants)
- Club staff training
- Expert advice and guidance
If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, follow them on social media.
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