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HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DISABLED SUPPORTERS CLUB

14 March 2018

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- Find out about Huddersfield Town’s Disabled Supporters Club
- Disabled Supporters Club would welcome new members joining
- Want to know more? Contact the Chair of the Club Dave Heatherill

Huddersfield Town Disabled Supporters Club welcome new members.

Town’s Disabled Club meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Birchencliffe Sports and Social Club.

Throughout the season they welcome many guests to their meetings, and hold quizzes and games evenings too.

During the 2021/22 season, they welcomed guests including Head Coach Carlos Corberán, CEO Dean Hoyle, Operations Director Ann Hough and Club Ambassadors Andy Booth and Michael Hefele.

Membership is £10 per year.

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Dave Heatherill is Chair of Town’s Disabled Supporters Club, and he would not only welcome more members, but wants to raise awareness to the Town fanbase that they can join the group.

Dave explained:

“We are a social club for all ages of Town fans who are disabled in any way, but we are also open to all Town fans who want to come along to meet and talk about Town.

“We have various events including horse racing, quizzes, bingo and games, and we have had guests along to the meetings as well.

“The Disabled Supporters Club started in 1999 and held meetings in a pub near the ground for the first couple of years before moving to our current premises.

“The Club took some seats out at the old Leeds Road ground and put some flooring down for about 20 wheelchair users.

“It was a good platform at the time, and we appreciated the Club doing that. Obviously, there was no seating on it, it was just used for those who were in wheelchairs.

“Without a doubt, the Stadium’s disability viewing areas at the John Smiths stadium are great.

“It was important that disabled people were consulted when the Stadium was constructed – and we were.

“They had to take into consideration not just wheelchair users but the hard of hearing and the visually impaired.

“One of the improvements for the registered blind is the commentary they now get on match days. It’s an invaluable service that they can’t do without on game day.

“Huddersfield has always been aware of disabled people and the issues that they may have.

“Even going right back to the 1960s when I started to support the Club, there was always an area for disabled people’s transport to park near the ground.

“The Club has always tried to do its best for disabled fans and it is appreciated.

“Town is one of the best clubs to contact for people with disabilities. We have a good relationship with the Supporter Services team and a member of the group attends the All Together Town supporters meeting with Club to raise issues.”

During the 2019/20 season, the Disabled Supporters Club received the ‘Terriers Together’ award at Huddersfield Town’s Annual Awards for going ‘above and beyond’, and the groups commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

If any disabled fan wants to get in contact with Dave Heatherill at Town’s Disabled Supporters Club, he can be contacted on 07934 458650, or by email at daveheatherill14@gmail.com.


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