New guides urge football clubs to provide wheelchairs and install access solutions

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New guidelines have been published to help football clubs provide adequate access solutions and equipment for disabled fans.

European football body UEFA and the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)’s new handbook outlines the need for inclusive, accessible facilities and services at clubs.

The handbook outlines a number of the key responsibilities that clubs’ Disability Access Officers should undertake in order to improve access and inclusion at their club.

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It states that DAOs should be fully aware of the stadium’s accessible matchday services and that provision should include audiodescriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted fans, induction loops for deaf and hard-of-hearing fans, wheelchair loan services and golf buggy shuttle services.

“It is with great pleasure that we launch the Disability Access Officer Handbook,” said CAFE managing director Joanna Deagle.

“We are sure this will be an invaluable guidance document for national associations, clubs and DAOs in becoming true champions of access and inclusion across Europe.”

The guidelines come as Premier League clubs came under fire recently for largely failing to meet the promises they set out two years ago to improve access for disabled fans.

Alongside a call for more Changing Places facilities groups have urged clubs to bring in more wheelchair spaces, wheelchair provision, access ramps and lifts.

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