Disability charity Level Playing Field are currently celebrating their 18th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign. The initiative aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports. This year’s theme celebrates the return of fans after the suspension of live sport.
Jon Burr, Brentford’s Community Manager spoke as part of the launch of a new video coinciding with the Level Playing Field campaign, which showcases the Club’s accessibility facilities at the stadium. He said: “The Club is really proud to support Level Playing Field’s weeks of action. This is the 18th year of their campaign. And this year's campaign focused on the return of fans to live sports and sporting stadiums.
“Within the Community Stadium, we're really lucky with the design and with it being a brand-new stadium that has lots of features to help our disabled supporters enjoy their matchday experience and enjoy the whole game from start to finish.”
Level Playing Field supports disabled sports fans through a variety of active initiatives. For more information about Level Playing Field, please visit levelplayingfield.org.uk or email email@example.com.
Level Playing Field also helps clubs by completing detailed access audits, highlighting improvements that can be made to improve the experience of disabled supporters. This season we have completed our access audit and identified several areas where we are looking to make improvements.
Some of the key developments we have coming into place over the next few months are:
- Final completion of two changing places toilets in the South Stand and North/West concourse
- Introducing greater signage for our disabled toilets, highlighting that not all disabilities are visible
- Assessing current hearing loop provision and looking at new potential installation
One of the key areas that has helped supporters return to football this season is our Sensory Room, pictured above. Our Sensory Room is located at the top of the South Stand, in the far west corner, and offers a full view of the pitch with special glass to protect against the noise. The Sensory Room allows many individuals to access football in a calm environment where general admission seating just wouldn’t be appropriate.
We are pleased to welcome members of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s Short Breaks programme to this weekend’s game. Hounslow Short Breaks is run for children (5-18) who have any type of disability and live in the borough of Hounslow. Hounslow Council commission our Community Sports Trust to deliver a range of activities as part of this scheme. They organise and/or deliver the following throughout the year: athletics, multi-sports, gymnastics, cycling, kayaking, young leaders, deaf-specific activities and education-based activities.
For more information on the sensory room - or for accessibility enquires - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.