I wonder how many of our blog followers are football fans too? More to the point, I wonder how many more of you would take the plunge and venture out to a game if you knew you would have a fully accessible, stress-free experience?
Well, that’s what our latest campaign wants to find out. We’re taking a long hard look at the accessibility – and the inclusiveness – of our Premiership football clubs to find out who’s cantering to victory and who’s on the road to relegation.
Obviously having enough wheelchair spaces in the stadium is a good starting point, and there’s a handy calculation provided by UEFA that works out if a given stadium passes muster on that score, but that’s just the start of the story. We want to dig a little deeper and find out what other things are important to the potential footie fans among you – including that lovely word inclusiveness.
We’ve already made some startling discoveries. Which little club, a newcomer to the Premiership at that, is punching well above its weight when it comes to accessibility, despite its tiny stadium? And which big hitter, by contrast, with riches beyond the dreams of avarice, is floundering in the bottom half of the table?
You’ll just have to wait and see, fans, until we release our findings on 5 August.
But most importantly, we want to know if the legions of fans who are also wheelchair users really feel part of the wonderful collective experience of football when they visit their chosen club. Because if they don’t, we’re going to want to know why not!
So please help us move the goalposts in our favour once and for all. All you have to do is complete our new survey. You don’t even have to have been to a game – we just need your views as to what’s important to you. There’s a grand prize draw for all those who take part, so what are you waiting for? Pull up your socks and get ready for kick-off!