Pictures shows Keith Ferguson, S.D.S.A. Secretary discussing all aspects of accessibility with John Malcolm Safety Officer who is very keen to increase the numbers of disabled fans going along to Capplielow.New Chief Executive Warren Hawke also popped in to say hello and offer his support.
A number of improvements have taken place at the national stadium. The personal assistants seats in the wheelchair areas at the back of the East and West Stands were found to be badly positioned. This has now been rectified.Large print & braille menus now available at specific kiosks.
Entrance route to the South Stand (west side) has been made safer with the installation of a railing plus new signage is in place (which has also been reflected in the east side).
Additional signage is now in place to guide you to your seat and the refreshment kiosks.
All accessible toilets have now been fitted with alarms with a red cord. When activated good visible and audio alarms are set off.
It might just seem a wee bit of paper but Heart of Midlothian fans were very impressed with the accessible car parking at a recent midweek fixture at McDiarmid Park. The new process was put in place by Beverley Mayer (St Johnstone Supporters Liasion Officer) who should rightly be congratulated for her efforts. DSA’s and individual disabled supporters can book their space in advance. On arriving at the car park a steward checks his list and gives you the little ticket pictured above and directs you to where you have been allocated a space. There another steward checks your ticket and directs you to your pre-reserved space blocked off waiting for you with an orange cone (and wait for it with ticket number on the cone)!! Very impressive and a lead for other clubs to follow.
3rd April saw Rangers Football Club official open Broxi’s Den, the Club’s new sensory suite at Ibrox Stadium. This facility, based in the Broomloan Stand Corner, will enable children and young people facing a variety of sensory challenges to view matches in a safe and quiet environment.
A lot happened but not a lot was reported so here are some catch up highlights…
Heart of Midlothian F.C. Museum IS Accessible!
As part of the fit out of the new museum a stair lift has been installed outside the main door to ensure the museum is fully accessible. It was recommended from past experiences to carry out robust tests on the equipment in advance of the museum opening. Members of the Heart of Midlothian Disabled Supporters Club gladly offered to help. Pictures show Caroline Mathers, Lianne Parry who are both involved in the museum project testing the lift with the help of wheelchair user fans Jana Horsburgh, George Foxton & Mark Jackson. Good example of the club willingly working with their disabled fans to get things right first time round. A couple of tweaks needed were discovered so having the test proved worthwhile.
DUNDEE UNITED APPOINT FIRST DISABILITY ACCESS OFFICER IN SCOTLAND.
Moira has worked at Dundee United since April 2014 and was delighted to take on the role of Disability Access Officer in July 2015. Moira is the first point of contact for all United fans with disabilities, dealing with all ticketing queries as well as engaging with and attending the Dundee United Disabled Supporters Club meetings.
Moira has been watching Scottish football regularly since 1995 and tell us ” Since becoming the DAO my understanding of disabled fans’ experiences has increased dramatically and I aim to make the match day experience for home and away fans who are disabled as hassle free as possible”
JAGS MAKE IT DISABILITY ACCESS OFFICER NUMBER 3
Following on from Moira Hughes appointment at Dundee United and Keith Ferguson taking on the DAO at Heart of Midlothian, Partick Thistle have appointed Dougie McInnes as their Disability Access Officer. Dougie is pictured below signing on the bottom line with Ian Maxwell managing director at Partick Thistle.
Early successes for Dougie included obtaining three accessible car parking spaces for away fans in McCafferty House, which is just off Firhill Road. Parking in and around the stadium is very limited so this does help.The Aitken Suite lounge is open from midday onwards and wheelchair access is now available via a ramp at the north end of the Main Stand after going through the Disabled Entrance on Firhill Road. Dougie is also looking into allowing supporters’ buses to drop off any disabled fans close to the stadium.
ST JOHNSTONE UPDATE AUDIO COMMENTARY EQUIPMENT
In September Andrew Holden ( the club’s Disability Access Officer) took delivery of new equipment thanks to the efforts of Billy Owen from the Rex Blind Parties.
From left to right Roddy Grant associate director, Peter Holden a member of the Saints DSA, John Watson from Perth Radio Hospital, Andrew Holden and Keith Ferguson general secretary of the S.D.S.A.
Dunfermline Athletic Disability Awareness Day 20/10/2016
The club should be congratulated for putting this event with added support from Hibernian F.C. Warm up tops and match day shirts are picture below
Please click on http://dadsc.fife.net/story.php?t=DA_Day_22_October&ID=2110 to see excellent coverage of the event. The Scottish Disabled Supporters Association wish to congratulate all of the people who worked really hard on making this such as successful day.
END OF YEAR SEES YET ANOTHER DAO APPOINTED
The S.D.S.A were delighted to hear that Queen of the South had appointed the first Championship Club Disability Access Officer. Eric Slaven has taken on this role and we wish him well.
Just in time for their recent Scottish Cup tie against Ayr United and thanks to REX Blind Parties being awarded funding to expand the service, Hibernian took delivery of brand new state of the art equipment (provided by Access Audio Ltd.) These two organisations in partnership with the S.D.S.A. link up under the SOCCER SIGHT SCOTLAND project with the aim of providing audio commentary for visually impaired supporters at S.P.F.L. clubs. A few Hibernian fans are pictured testing out the equipment.
One thousand individual members that is. The S.D.S.A. are now the predominant organisation in Scotland representing football supporters who are disabled. Reaching 1000 would be a fantastic achievement. Where are we now? Going to keep that a secret until some checks and balances are carried out however the split by club is not what you would expect….
|Heart of Midlothian||20.0%|
|Queen of the South||2.1%|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||1.0%|