Assessment and suggested revision of the Accessible Stadia Guidelines
Disabled Accessibility Draft Document - Introduction to this project
It is now more than twenty years since the first guidance documents detailing the provision of facilities for spectators with disabilities were published, and twelve years since Accessible Stadia was produced. Much has happened since then in terms of culture change, legislation and demographics, but what remains the same is that sports grounds should be inclusive and accessible to all spectators. Attending sporting activities is an integral and vital part of our culture and tradition, and no one should be excluded on grounds of disability.
Above is the original introductory text from the publication “Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance August 2015” stating an objective, which we wholeheartedly endorse, of endeavouring to deliver to disabled spectators, high quality facilities and services that are accessible, inclusive and welcoming for all.
The information contained in this publication is intended to bring together the disability related components from a number of documents - “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds – Sixth Edition” , “Accessible Stadia - Supplementary guidance August 2015” and the Premier League “Ticketing and Matchday Guidance 2018” - and offer suggestions as to how to further improve, clarify and enhance the current guidance for the benefit of both home and away disabled spectators.
The invaluable knowledge and experience of the Chairs of eighteen Disability Supporters Associations, who comprise the Premier League Disability Advisory Group, has been embodied in this document.
This Group, who directly represents a large proportion of disabled football spectators who attend Premier League matches, feel that greater scrutiny of current ASG implementation is essential.
The Equality Act 2010 places an evolving and anticipatory duty on service providers and, given an aging population, a renewed emphasis is crucial to more fully support and embrace the widest spectrum of disability in the future.
The document is primarily aimed at football stadia but we believe that much of the changes and improvements suggested could equally be advantageously applied to other sports stadia.
David J Butler FCA MBE
Chairman - Premier League Disability Advisory Group
Our objective is to enhance delivery to all disabled spectators of high quality facilities and services with an emphasis on improvements for ambulant supporters in particular and away fans in general.
Timescale: Not yet defined.
Assessing Away disabled facilities
A reporting structure has been created for each club's own DSA members covering the four main disabilities - wheelchair users, ambulant disabled, Visual and hearing impairment - to submit a report when visiting an away stadium. A database of photographs and videos of the facilities and particularly incidents concerning safety is being developed.
In this way we will have an unbiased and practical assessment of the disabled facilities of each stadium’s away section.
Our objective is to identify best practice and highlight inadequacies for improvement.
Build a database of photographs and videos of facilities and related incidents.
Safe Standing and the potential beneficial impact on disabled away supporters in particular and disabled supporters generally.
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Assessment of the adequacy of ticketing communication relating to away disabled supporters.
Investigation to consider the various different ways the ticket offices communicate ticketing information with regard to the number of wheelchair and ambulant spaces and exactly where they are and the accessibility. Also the visual and hearing impairment facilities and how to utilise.
Devise a check list of information required for each category - example - ambulant supporters need detailed information e.g. location/position of hand rails, number of steps, distance from toilets, refreshments etc.
Having received this detailed information the away ticket office will be able to assist correct allocation dependent upon mobility or other limitations of the supporter.
Our objective is to ensure all disabled supporters attending an away game have all the data they need before arriving at the Stadium to avoid unnecessary surprises.
Timescale: Best practice to be identified and communicated with examples to all club ticket offices before the beginning of the 2020 - 21 season.
Recording the utilisation of disabled facilities
Establish a standard recording methodology to monitor the use of the disabled facilities both for home and away supporters for each club plus identifying any unsatisfied demand.
Objective: Statistics recorded over many seasons should project a trend as to the changing of both the utilization of facilities, the age profile and the future requirements of all types of facilities for the widest range of disabled supporters.