Lift specialist Stannah has installed a new lift solution as part of Chichester Rugby Club’s investment in making the club accessible for disabled supporters.
The decision was made after discussions with Colten Care’s Wellington Grange care home prompted officials to install a raised wheelchair platform, lift and hand rail. The changes will allow local care home residents to watch Chichester rugby matches.
Clare Gibson, Wellington Grange Home Manager, commented: “We’re thrilled that the club has gone the extra mile to create a birds-eye view of the heart of the action for our residents and others in the community with limited mobility.
“The chance to watch and cheer on the team in more comfort, with a glass of beer or sherry in hand, will go down very well with our residents.”
Club sponsorship manager Ron Migliorini said the accessibility improvements would benefit any disabled person keen to watch live rugby.
He said: “We are a community sports club and want to do what we can to facilitate access for all.”
The tie-up between the club and Colten Care began with the opening of Wellington Grange, by the corner of Broyle Road and Wellington Road, last April.
A sponsorship agreement has seen club members coming into the home for talks while residents have been able to visit Oaklands Pavilion for matches, lunches and other events.