Election Question from NADS
We asked the 3 key parliamentary candidates hoping to become Minister of Sport for the new Government the following question on behalf of our members and stakeholders:
"Facilities and services are still inadequate for disabled supporters at many football stadia across the UK against a backdrop of key recommendations and guidance from the Football Task Force in 1989, Taylor in 1990, the DDA legislation in 1995 with DDA Part 3 additions and the publication of the Accessible Stadia Guide in 2004/05. The All Party Parliamentary Football Group made a number of significant recommendations for improvements for disabled fans in its recent report on English Football and its Governance. With all of this in mind, how will your party support these important issues and ensure that football (and other sports) finally become equally accessible to all fans?"
Conservatives Reply from Hugh Robertson
The Conservative Party is totally committed to ensuring that disabled supporters have full access to all football grounds. If elected to government on 6 May, we will work with the football authorities to ensure that all football facilities and services are equally accessible to disabled and able bodied supporters alike.
Liberal Democrats Reply from Don Foster
It is an absolute disgrace that so many clubs are not providing the recommended number of spaces for disabled supporters. Research carried out by the Liberal Democrats over a year ago revealed that just 2 Premiership clubs were meeting government guidelines for the provision of disabled spaces in stadiums and the situation hasn’t improved much since then. Every club must take its responsibilities towards its fans more seriously. As part of governance reform supporters should be given more of a voice – both at club level and as part of a reformed FA – to ensure that clubs cannot so easily get away with treating fans badly. If the situation doesn’t improve, we would be prepared to consider new powers to make it a requirement for grounds to meet recommended levels of provision within an agreed timescale.
Still awaiting Labour’s response.
Ahead of Thursday's vote there is also a lot of information on the Polls Apart website www.pollsapart.org.uk including a factsheet on disabled peoples voting rights, which disabled voters can print off and take with them if they have any concerns.
NADS Announces Nominations for Trustees
The NADS Nominations Committee met last week and selected the following applicants to stand for election to the Board of Trustees. To see a short introduction for each candidate please click here.
Joyce Cook - who will be standing for a 3 year term as a Management Trustee in the role of Chair.
Gary Deards - who will be standing for a 3 year term as a Management Trustee in the role of Vice Chair.
Jamie Polk - who will be standing for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
Keith Graham - who will be standing for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
Tony Taylor - who will be standing for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
Sanjay Chadha - who will be standing for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
Leigh Hutchings - who will be standing for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
The Final Challenge - Hamburg & Madrid
Helpsheet's have been produced to assist disabled supporters planning on travelling out to watch the Europa League Final in Hamburg on 12th May or Champions League Final in Madrid on 22nd May. Please click here to access the helpsheets. NADS would also like to wish Fulham the best of luck in the Final!
Our Game-OurTime! Fans in 10 countries across Europe kick off FSE campaign
Disabled fans are among the most effected by late changes to kick off times and in particular matches played earlier in the day. Many disabled people rely on pre booked carers or personal assistants to help them start their day and so early kick offs often prevent disabled fans from attending a match as they cannot secure carers early enough. Likewise last minute changes to kick off times often have the effect of excluding disabled fans who have to make specific arrangements for travel and PA support. To read more about this campaign and to find out how to participate please click here.
To view some of the latest comments from around the grounds please click on the relevant links below. If you are a travelling fan, or want to add a comment about your own club, please visit the clubs section on our website and leave your comments on that club. Alternatively email email@example.com with your comments and we will add them for you.
1. Wolverhampton Wanderers
2. Stoke City
News in Brief
1. Footballing Beth is April's Top Dog - The dog of a British footballer has been named hearing dog of the month by a charity that trains dogs to help people who are deaf. To read more click here.
2. Special Education children get the Jason Roberts Foundation treatment - The Jason Roberts Foundation has always felt football was for all aspects of the community and with this in mind invited Special Education expert in Football Rob Burton from the United Kingdom to deliver some specialised football sessions showing new techniques when dealing with disabled children. For the full report please click here.
3. UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Call For Nominations For UK Candidature - The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is co-ordinating arrangements to identify a UK candidate to put forward for election to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee is the UN body responsible for monitoring implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To read more please click here.
4. Are you currently experiencing disability hate crime? Production company October Films is making a documentary for BBC One on the subject of disability hate crime. If you think you have a story for them about something which is happening to you now, contact Hugo Ward on 020 7284 6850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us today to get involved with NADS projects and campaigns and to help shape the future for disabled supporters as we continue to strive for an equality of experience for all fans. It's easy to join - just complete the membership form which can be found on the NADS website in the membership download section or by clicking here. Return your completed form to NADS, PO Box 2909, Reading, RG1 9LD or by email to email@example.com. If you need help in completing the form or need alternative formats, please contact us by email or on 0845 230 6237.
You can also pay online with a credit/debit card here and you just need to make sure you let us know the donation is for your membership. You can do this in the information box at Just Giving and we ask that you follow this up with an email confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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