Dougie McInnes Secretary Jags Disabled Supporters’ Club recently provided report on progress made at Firhill ” I am delighted to report that Thistle were successful in obtaining grant funding from the Scottish Football Partnership for improvements to be carried at Firhill in the accessible areas and that most of work has now been completed. This included providing wheelchair access to the Aitken Suite (within the old Main Stand on Firhill Road), badly needed resurfacing work at the Disabled Entrance and the installation of an accessible toilet in the newer Jackie Husband Stand. Although there is no wheelchair access to the Jackie Husband Stand at the moment, I am hoping that Thistle are planning to install facilities at some point soon when cost and design issues can be overcome. However I am absolutely delighted at the ramp being provided for the Aitken Suite as hopefully we will be able to hold our meetings there and perhaps host a future SDSA meeting”
Spaces are limited for the CAFE international conference 2015, and we urge all delegates interested in attending to register now to avoid disappointment.
The conference, entitled ‘Total Football, Total Access’ will take place on 30-31 October at the Stade de France in Paris. Key stakeholders in the fields of football, disability, equality and stadium architecture will come together to promote improved access and the inclusion of disabled people in football.
Speaking at the launch of the conference, CAFE managing director Joyce Cook said, “Our 2011 conference at Wembley Stadium in London was an overwhelming success, and we are delighted to invite our friends and colleagues to join us again in Paris”.
A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries are still available, and you can apply for a bursary . All delegates are required to complete a pre-registration form.
For further information please contact CAFE at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0)20 8621 2405.
The link to this story on the CAFE website can be found at http://cafefootball.eu/en/news/secure-your-place-cafe-conference-2015-now.
CAFE also published a press release announcing the conference in July, which can be found at http://cafefootball.eu/en/news/cafe-announces-international-conference-total-football-total-access-stade-de-france-30-31.
The above links will bring up the pre-registration form and travel bursary application form, and I have also attached them to this email. Please do note that all delegates must complete a pre-registration form and those applying for travel bursaries must complete both forms. They should be returned to email@example.com.
“The Scottish Disabled Supports Association has been awarded Charitable Status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Being awarded Charitable Status means that our organisation can apply for funds not otherwise available to non-charitable groups. Over the past few years the work carried out by the SDSA is being increasing acknowledged as valuable to organisations such as the SFA and SPFL member Clubs. This also included consultation with Government and the Commonwealth Games in supporting the accessible requirements of spectators. This all comes at a cost for attending meetings, accommodation and other expenses which have come from members own pockets.
The funding that can be applied for could be for training, equipment, travel and support for members who have been asked to give advice and support to clubs. This has happened recently and more often and other sports including athletics.”