A summary of our work around the issue of disability over the last six months - led by Lindsay Knott, a board member with a disability.
The Trust’s Report of our Disability Consultation Workshop was presented to The Club, followed by a constructive and encouraging meeting in May with Scott Paul, the Club’s Disability Liaison Officer (DLO). Scott Paul demonstrated that the Club had been making progress on many of the concerns raised – including ticketing, physical access and communication. It was agreed that there are still areas to improve and that the best way is to work together to enable disabled fans and their carers to have a voice and to be involved. The Supporters Trust hope to meet with the Club again in the very near future and to arrange an open meeting between The Club, The Supporters Trust, disabled fans and their careers as well as organisations supporting disabled people.
In July 2021, The Supporters’ Trust formed a Disability Working Group and in August agreed Disability as one of its priorities.
In order to gather information and expertise and to learn from other disabled fans’ experiences, Lindsay has been involved with Level Playing Field (LPF), which supports a positive, inclusive experience for disabled sports fans.
The LPF 2021 open Annual Survey was completed by 15 Forest fans, providing additional and current information of match day experiences.
Lindsay has participated in a number of LPF meetings, attended by fans from Disabled Supporters Associations (DSAs) from the Premier League and EFL clubs across England and Wales. July’s Disabled Fans Forum considered the impact of the targeting of disabled fans at the Euros Final on feelings towards returning to stadia in August and concerns relating to Covid.
She is also participated in the first meeting of the Championship DSAs meeting in September, has conversed with Fulham DSA (who were formed to assist with the development of the Stand Redevelopment at Craven Cottage) and Swansea DSA and Supporters Trust, who work closely together and the Disability Access Officer at Swansea City FC.
If you have any comments about your experience, would like to be included on our Disability Mailing List and / or would like to be involved in The Supporters’ Trust’s work around disability, please contact us.