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28 September 2018



28 September 2018

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Stadium tours take place for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds

- Tours of the John Smith’s Stadium take place during National Inclusion Week
- Inclusive tours for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
- Build up to this weekend’s Terrier Together game against Tottenham Hotspur

To celebrate National Inclusion Week, Huddersfield Town and the Town Foundation held a number of inclusive tours at the John Smith’s Stadium for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Club Ambassador Andy Booth and the Town Foundation’s Disability Coordinator Isaac Keighley guided the groups around the John Smith’s Stadium, telling them all about Huddersfield Town and its proud history.

The tour took the groups around the whole Stadium including the hospitality boxes, the Boardroom, the dressing room, and pitch side to give them a complete understanding of how the Club works.

The tours took place all week leading up to the Terriers Together game against Tottenham Hotspur as the Club, once again, showcases its good work in equality, diversity and inclusion.

The tours saw people from Newsome High School, Huddersfield New College, Waverley Hall and Arena tours go behind-the-scenes at the John Smith’s Stadium and come together to experience a tour they'll remember for a life-time.

Inclusive tours around the John Smith’s Stadium began at the start of the 2018/19 season. One saw the Town Foundation take youngsters from the Young People’s Activity Team (YPAT) – who provide provides leisure and recreational activities for disabled children and young people aged five to 18 – on a tour of the John Smith’s Stadium.

The tour, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, was followed by a multi-sport session, which saw Terry the Terrier play a number of games with the young people, including football and basketball.

Lucy, one of the Team Leaders from YPAT, summarised the tour by saying:

“Communication skills really improved that day and we managed to get some really good interactions from everyone who attended. It was clear from the young people’s reactions that they all thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

A second inclusive tour was with a group of 12 adults from community connections, living with dementia, met one of their heroes, Andy Booth.

Following the tours, Victoria Terry from Waverley Hall Manager commented:

“It was a very enjoyable day from start to finish. The staff think it was a really positive experience for all concerned and that the Club and the Town Foundation went above and beyond to make it a great experience. Thank you for organising Terry the Terrier to be part of the day, which just nicely finished off what was a fantastic day out for our people we support.”

Huddersfield New College’s Equality and Diversity Manager, Erika Montgomery, went on to say:

“Members of Huddersfield New College’s ‘Diversity Club’ thoroughly enjoyed attending an Inclusive Stadium Tour hosted by HTAFC during National Inclusion Week 2018. Andy Booth, Club Ambassador, guided the students on the tour, with highlights including going behind the scenes, visiting hospitality boxes, players’ changing rooms and sitting pitch side in the dug out!

“The introduction of Inclusive Stadium Tours is an excellent example of the Club’s continued commitment to the promotion of equality and inclusion for all.”

To find out what else the Club is doing during National Inclusion Week and ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur game, please CLICK HERE.

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