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TOWN SUPPORTS ‘LEVEL PLAYING FIELD’

30 April 2015

Campaign to improve experience for disabled supporters

Huddersfield Town is proud to support the Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action in 2015. 

The initiative is aimed at promoting awareness of access and inclusion at sports venues and to improve the fan experience for all disabled supporters. 

This year’s event runs from Saturday 18 April to Sunday 3 May 2015. 

There are an estimated 12 million disabled people in the UK and the ‘Level Playing Field’ campaign sends a strong message that there is no place for disability discrimination in our sport. The ‘Level Playing Field’ Weeks of Action gives clubs the opportunity to celebrate disabled fans, showcase the work they do to make our sport more inclusive and ensuring disability is not a barrier to enjoying football. 

Level Playing Field is a charity with a remit for England and Wales. It is a campaigning and advisory organisation working on behalf of all disabled supporters to raise awareness, share good practice and promote ‘good access for all fans’. LPF works with sports governing bodies, clubs and leagues across all sports to improve access and inclusion for disabled people and believes sport can lead the way in ensuring equality for all in wider society.  

The Huddersfield Town Ability Counts Programme is a pan-disability football coaching programme run by the Huddersfield Community Trust through the Club’s ‘Football in the Community’ department. Sessions focus on a player’s ability, not their disability, with players being able to participate at a level that suits their fitness, ability and motivations in football, with the main focus of the session being inclusion and fun.

The programme delivers over 70 open access disability football sessions per year and through working with partner organisations to deliver outreach programmes delivers over 120 session per season in the Kirklees area. 

All the open access sessions run from The Zone on St Andrews Road; with adult programmes between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesdays and from 4pm until 5pm on Sundays. The junior sessions run on Sundays from 3pm until 4pm.

The Ability Counts programme is always looking to recruit new players and work with new organisations so if you are interested, or know someone who would like to be involve, get in touch with Disability Football Development Officer, James Doyle via james.doyle@wrcfa.com or 07540 127 683.

You can get involved by tweeting your support to @lpftweets using the hashtag #united4access.

For more information about Level Playing Field, who they are and what they do, including how to become a member, visit their website: www.levelplayingfield.org.uk, email info@levelplayingfield.org.uk or call on 0208 621 2403

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