Monthly Archives: September 2013

Testimonial from the First Minister 30th August 2013

” I am delighted to lend my support to the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association. As our national game,football plays an important role in communities across Scotland and our football supporters are the lifeblood of the game in Scotland.

It is therefore vital that football supporters’ views are represented and I commend the work of the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association in helping ensure the views of their members are heard”

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland

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Proof of disability survey launched

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A survey has been published recently, to gauge the opinion of disabled people on the current practices in terms of ‘proof of disability’ requirements when purchasing disabled fans match tickets for national and international sporting events.

The survey forms parts of a research project being undertaken by the European-wide charity, Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) in association with the German Sports Institute of Cologne.

It is expected that the outcomes of the project, which is funded by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, Council of Europe, will provide conclusive recommendations to assist international sporting event owners in delivering an improved ticketing system for both disabled sports fans and tournament operators in the future.

The survey is available in EnglishFrenchGermanPolishRussian and Spanish – please click on your preferred language to open the relevant version. Please circulate the survey amongst your fellow fans and colleagues and please be sure to complete the survey before 17.00 (CET) by 1st October 2013.

If you would like help in completing this confidential survey, please do contact CAFE at, or call +44 (0)1244 893 586, and we will be pleased to assist you.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Testimonial from the SPFL 20th September 2013

“Ensuring that as many supporters as possible are able to enjoy safe access to watch their team play, is right at the heart of what the new SPFL stands for. We look forward to continuing to work with the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association to help achieve this.”

Neil Doncaster , SPFL chief executive

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Testimonial from the SFA 19th September 2013

“The Scottish FA are proud to support the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association disability awareness programmes and their commitment to ensuring fans with disabilities enjoy the highest standards of comfort and safety at football grounds across the country.”

Stewart M Regan, Chief Executive of Scottish FA.

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Work was completed last week on tensa pole bases which the Heartf of Midlothian Disabled Supporters club own in the Gorgie Stand and sections B to F in the Wheatfield Stand.They are now clearly marked as owned by the HDSC plus acknowledging the financial support from the Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs and the money received in memory of Rab Mclean. Without this funding we would not been able to purchase this equipment.

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SHARE is published by the Scottish Huntington’s Association. The SHA and SDSA will work with each other on issues of a mutual interest. Below is an extract from their recent newsletter.

The Scottish Disabled Supporters Association (SDSA) was launched in October 2010 and supported by CAFE – Centre for Access to Football in Europe

The SDSA is active in the recruitment of new members. Recently Keith Ferguson (Chairman of the SDSA) met with John Eden, Chief Executive of SHA, and discussed the issues surrounding football fans with Huntington’s disease attending matches.

The SDSA would love to hear from any members of SHA who are regular followers of football. For more information contact either:

Neil Strevens, Administrator,,tel 07752830921


Keith Ferguson, Chairman,,tel 077437809133

Scottish Disabled Supporters Association / Steady Internet Photo of the Month Competition

The Scottish Disabled Supporters Association in conjunction with its web site designer, Steady Internet , are sponsoring a competition to find great photographs that reflect disabled fans going to football matches.

We are looking for photographs which capture a moment in time such as a reaction to a goal, travelling abroad, a problem with access or maybe meeting a famous player. These will be featured on our new web site

So it’s both positive and negative images we are looking for however more positive than negative ! This can include photographs which capture a problem the SDSA could help to resolve.

However if in doubt don’t worry just enter the photo and see how it gets on as we may use on our web site anyway

There will a prize (sponsored by Steady Internet) for the best photographs submitted between September 2013 and April 2014.Closing date will be the last day of each month with the winner announced on the 21st of the following month.There will be an overall winner selected by a panel of three who will receive a prize (sponsored by the SDSA) and present at the AGM in May 2014.

Start clicking those mobiles and digital cameras as soon as possible!!

Entries can be submitted by emailing with “photograph for completion” in the Subject: field or by old fashioned post to Jim Convey, 7 Underwood Street, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3EP


Disabled supporter groups should look North for examples of raising funds. Ross County had a pre season friendly with a Manchester United XI and with the club’s blessing their DSA held a bucket collection.

Who says people from the North are tight not at all total raised was a fantastic £562.99. Only problem no pictures taken which is what we need. Next bucket collection we hear will be at Motherwell

Links with Northern Ireland

Pre season Heart of Midlothian played a couple of friendlies in late July at the Oval, home of Glentoran F.C. The HDSC had set up links in the past with the Glentoran DSA and it was good to see the effort they had put into building a new wheelchair enclosure.

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Keith Ferguson (Chairman of the SDSA) also met the two ladies who worked hard to set up the Glentoran DSA and who work tirelessly at every home game in family milk bar.

Below from right to left is Jodie Killops, Keith & Nikki Clarke


In between the friendlies Keith had a meeting with Michael Hilland, an active member of the Inclusive Supporters Association – Northern Ireland  (and later a conversation with Aubrey Bingham) when it was agreed Keith would help out the group on secretarial matters for the next 12 months. Is is hoped the SDSA and ISA-NI will forge close links in the coming months.


S.D.S.A web site goes live!.

In conjunction with the Scotland v Belgium match the S.D.S.A web site went live on 6th September 2013.

Many interesting stories about the history of the SDSA and its membership can be searched out in our archives section. New stories and additional information will be added in the coming days and weeks so click on regularly to keep up to date.

I know we will have some teething problems so please bear with us as we correct any issues that arise in the early weeks.

Keith Ferguson(Chairman)