A charity that looks out for disabled football fans has taken their work online while supporters are unable to attend matches. Level Playing Field is a registered charity in England and Wales and acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation to its membership and other parties across all sports. The charity believes that being a disabled person is a social issue and that an individual only becomes disabled because of the social, attitudinal and environmental barriers that the individual faces.
While some are going about life as normal, a large majority of disabled people are continuing to shield in their homes, isolating themselves from the rest of their local community. Disabled people have stated that their well-being has been affected by feeling lonely and isolated during the Covid-19 outbreak according to ‘Office For National Statistics.’ So Level Playing Field has launched ‘Talking Sport’, a new outreach initiative led by the Fans Liaison team.
All at Level Playing Field love sport and work every day working alongside Disabled Supporters Association (DSA’s), fans and sporting clubs across England and Wales to advocate for match day equality. They also love talking about sport and are inviting any disabled people with a passion for sport who are feeling lonely, overwhelmed, or just bored to get in contact via social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a video or audio call.
Level Playing Field Chief Executive Owain Davies had this to say on the new #TalkingSport Campaign: “Sport plays a massive part in bringing a community together. Never have we been in a position such as this and the impact has been and for some still is significant. Through our survey (Impact of Covid-19), we have seen first-hand the power of watching live sport and the challenges the suspension and cancellation of live sport have had on a person’s wellbeing.
"As a charity, that represents and supports disabled fans we want to ensure that during this challenging period we can offer more support. The power of being connected and talking is hugely positive, and while we wait for a return to live sport with fans, we want to reach out to those fans who are finding it difficult or just want to talk about sport. We know that talking sport brings people together.”