Rangers’ Officially Open Broxi’s Den

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.

Catching up on 2016

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.

HIBERNIAN AUDIO COMMENTARY GOES LIVE!

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.

AFTER SLEEPING FOR THE WINTER LET’S GO FOR A 1000!!

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%
Rangers 11.9%
Partick Thistle 11.7%
Dunfermline Athletic 11.2%
Hibernian 7.5%
St.Johnstone 7.0%
Aberdeen 5.5%
Dundee 5.5%
St.Mirren 3.6%
Celtic 2.9%
Dundee United 2.1%
Queen of the South 2.1%
Motherwell 1.8%
Kilmarnock 1.6%
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1.0%
Livingston 0.8%
Ross County 0.8%
Dumbarton 0.5%
Falkirk 0.5%
Neutral 0.5%
Stenhousemuir 0.5%
Beith Juniors 0.3%
Clyde 0.3%
Clydebank 0.3%
Raith Rovers 0.3%

Off The Bawl – Fantastic Support for the SDSA!!

Stuart Cosgrove & Tam Cowan: Off The Bawl

Stuart Cosgrove & Tam Cowan: Off The Bawl

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Friday 17th March 2017 | 19:30
I CAN EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL THAT THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS SHOW WILL BE DONATED TO THE SCOTTISH DISABLED SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION !! SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR TICKET DETAILS https://www.tickx.co.uk/event/478520/stuart-cosgrove-tam-cowan-off-the-bawl/

DA-DAY FOR THE PARS

Dunfermline Athletic’s match against Hibernian on Saturday 22 October will be the centrepiece of a Disability Awareness Day (DA-Day), designed to highlight the problems faced by disabled football supporters and how they can be overcome.

Dunfermline’s General Manager Michael Mlotkiewicz explained:
“Dunfermline Athletic takes its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 very seriously,and we’re constantly looking at ways to improve the matchday experience, both for our own
and for visiting disabled supporters. We’re proud of what we have achieved so far, but there is still a lot to do.”

All supporters entering the ground will be given a flyer with some facts about disability and about Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters’ Club (DADSC). Fans can buy DADSC merchandise from a stall in the Norrie McCathie Stand, and a bucket collection will raise
funds to help give wheelchair access to the function suites at East End Park, by way of an external lift.

Before the match, Sammy the Tammy (Scotland’s No 1 Mascot) will perform a routine relating to disability. There will be a special matchday programme, with features on disabled Pars supporters.

The teams will be escorted onto the pitch by disabled supporters from each club, and as well as having the DADSC badge on their warm-up tops, the Dunfermline players will play the match wearing specially-commissioned one-off shirts, featuring the DADSC badge.

These have been approved by the SFA and SPFL and are being auctioned to raise funds for the DADSC lift project.

The half-time football entertainment will be by disabled children from The Pars Foundation’s“Rising Stars” programme. Meanwhile, local athletes who have competed in the Special Olympics will parade around the touchline, possibly joined by some members of Team GB from the Rio Paralympics.

Hospitality guests in the Purvis Suite will have the chance to meet the European champion and 2012 Paralympian swimmer Craig Rodgie (who is also a Pars fan.) Even the 50:50 half-time draw will be part of the day’s proceedings, as it will take place on one of the disabled viewing platforms.John Simpson, Secretary of DADSC, said:
“We are very grateful to DAFC, not only for what the club has done so far in improving facilities for disabled supporters, but now for this chance to show both the problems and theachievements of disabled people. We want all Pars and Hibs fans to “see the person, not the disability.”

SDSA MEETING 13TH OCTOBER CANCELLED

Message from Sandy Riach Chairman – ” Due to unforeseen circumstances the meeting this week has had to be cancelled. Further information will follow shortly”

EAST OF SCOTLAND AMPUTEE FOOTBALL 21ST AUGUST POSTPONED

Regarding the recent lead story below the session on the 21st August has had to be postponed due to coach availability which is key from a health & safety point of view. Watch this space for new dates.

FOOTBALL COMING HOME FOR EAST OF SCOTLAND AMPUTEES

A Scottish charity that supports amputees has teamed up with Edinburgh Limb Loss Association to bring amputee football to the East of Scotland for the first time. 

On 21 August, amputee charity Finding Your Feet will host its inaugural amputee football open training session at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and is inviting amputees from across Scotland to attend.

Historically, amputee Scots were required to travel more than 150 miles to play competitive football, but in February this year Finding Your Feet hooked up with SPL team Partick Thistle to pilot amputee football north of the border.  The project has proved so successful that the charity is expanding its programme to introduce the sport in the East.

The charity’s move to the east has come as a response to the growing popularity of the sport which has been embraced by the amputee community since its launch in February, with players traveling from as far afield as Dundee and Dumfries & Galloway for the fortnightly training sessions in Glasgow. What’s more, through its collaboration with the Edinburgh Limb Loss Association, Heart of Midlothian F.C. has indicated that once the pilot has run, they will look to become involved in the same way as Partick Thistle.

The England Amputee Football Association currently works to set up new Amputee Football clubs across England, but until Finding Your Feet stepped in, there was no equivalent body dedicated to the sport in Scotland.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the sport is being encouraged to attend the first training session at the brand new Oriam Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton on Sunday 21 August at 2.30pm. The aim is for teams to be created at both junior and senior level akin to that in the West before an inaugural Amputee Football Scottish Cup will be hosted, with East versus West, later in the Autumn.  The training session is open to those with either upper or lower limb amputations or limb deficiencies. The project is being backed by the Scottish Football Association.

Corinne Hutton commented: “Finding Your Feet is trying to help amputees back to all sorts of activities and football is very popular in the central belt. The pilot project with Partick Thistle has been a huge success and so taking the sport east is the next natural step to make the sport more accessible to amputees across Scotland.

“We would encourage anyone with a lower or upper limb amputation to join us at Riccarton and we look forward to hosting the first Finding Your Feet Scottish Amputee Football Cup later in the year.”

Keith Ferguson, Secretary of Edinburgh Limb Loss Association, commented: “Having been to the sessions in Glasgow I am really excited about taking part myself and supporting the project to establish a team in the East of Scotland. As well as amputees from Edinburgh and the surrouding areas I hope we can encourage those who live in Fife, North of the Tay and the Lothians to come along.”

Anyone with a lower or upper limb amputation or limb loss is welcome to join in the open training session at Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 2.30 – 4.30pm. All ages welcome.

For more information, please contact Ashley Reid Comms Director Finding Your Feet 07885 262341 ashley@findingyourfeet.net