Huddersfield Town’s supports the Unite for Access campaign
- Huddersfield Town promote Unite For Access Campaign
- Supporting Level Playing Field
- Find out more about our new Disabled Liaison Officer, Michelle McQueen
We are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s 'Unite for Access' campaign.
Having already dedicated our home Sky Bet Championship fixture to the cause despite the campaign taking place from Saturday 25 February – Sunday 12 March, this was only as our game on Saturday 4 March will be celebrating International Women’s Day.
Level Playing Field is a sports charity that acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans.
As a user-led organisation, Level Playing Field members are at the heart of what the charity does. Their shared passion for sport and equality drives them to influence long-term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.
The Level Playing Field ‘fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:
- Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter
- Quarterly ‘fan’-specific exclusive newsletter
- Invites to take part in events including forums and focus groups
- Official Membership Certificate
To become a Level Playing Field member contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, Michelle McQueen has recently been appointed as our Disability Liaison Officer (DLO), a familiar face that many of you may recognise having previously worked in the Ticket Office for the past 11 years.
Having helped many disabled supporters in the past with ticket enquiries, Michelle is very excited to continue building relationships with both new and existing supporters.
The Hidden Disability scheme, that Michelle helped launch back in 2019, will help those with disabilities to easily identify themselves to Club and Stadium staff should they need assistance, without being required to explain their disability. This will enable the fan to be supported in the appropriate way. The Club hopes this will make it easier for fans with disabilities to come and enjoy the game.
Exact details of the scheme are not being widely publicised, but supporters who would benefit from the initiative will be given something to show to stewards or staff if it was needed.
“Our goal is to make sure match days are accessible and inclusive to all Terriers and enhance their experience at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“We want everyone to feel welcome, and to start this process we already have facilities such as the very popular Inclusion Room and the Hidden Disability scheme.
“There is a still plenty to do, starting with looking to launch an all-inclusive online booking system, introduce Sensory packs and improve disabled car parking.”
If you have any questions or would like to chat with Michelle on any of the above, please email email@example.com.
Also working closely with the Huddersfield Town Foundation, we were able to welcome pupils from Newsome Academy to the Inclusion Room situated at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday 4 February, to experience a home game against QPR in the Sky Bet Championship – we look forward to doing this again in the future.
The Huddersfield Town Foundation also run multiple inclusive sport sessions, such as:
Children with SEND ages 8-18
Huddersfield Leisure Centre
Tuesday 6-7pm (Term Time)
Children with SEND ages 8-18
Leeds Road Sports Complex
Monday & Tuesday 10am-2pm (School Holidays)
Football session for 8-18 year olds
Leeds Road Sport Complex
If you are interested in any of the above, please email John.McCombe@htafcfoundation.com.