Portsmouth Football Club are proud to support ‘Unite For Access’ and will dedicate this Saturday’s meeting with Cheltenham to the campaign.
An estimated 22 per cent of the UK population are disabled, making disabled people the largest minority group in the UK.
Still, many disabled sports fans feel that attending live sport is not possible, due to the environmental and societal barriers that disabled football fans face, which make matchdays inaccessible.
The most recent fan survey found that 28.5 per cent of disabled fans considered the attitudes of others to be a barrier when attending live sport.
Meanwhile, 36.5 per cent of disabled fans said they are unable to attend certain venues due to lack of accessibility.
Level Playing Field is the leading charity advocating for disabled sports fans in England and Wales, and this weekend’s dedicated 'Unite For Access' match is one of many happening across stadiums up and down the country over two weeks.
As a club, we believe that all people should be able to attend live sports, regardless of disability.
Portsmouth FC are committed to making Fratton Park accessible to all and will continue to take steps to improve, but we also call on all supporters to come with us on this journey – we all have our part to play.
We know that talking about disability can be daunting sometimes and it is a complex subject matter.
That is why we invite all fans, disabled and non-disabled, to engage with us on this important campaign and to ensure access and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.