Premier League Brighton leading way for fan inclusion
Sky Sports News followed Brighton & Hove Albion fans George and Jack Holloway-Bartle Due to their matchday experience in the Amex at Falmer.
George is a wheelchair user and he and his brother Jack are now autistic.
Watching Brighton is a part of George’s life and taking part in sport has helped him day-to-day. “I have trouble walking round the scene. My wheelchair means a great deal and is helpful to me. The stadium is excellent and the staff are excellent. Just being in the games makes me, the air is just brilliant.”
In the Amex, there are broader corridors and lifts to allow for wheelchair accessibility. So that he could get a wheelchair of his very own brighton’s official charity, Albion from the Community, held a fundraiser for George back.
George added,”They have done brilliantly, they have done really good. Donating that seat to me was fantastic.”
George’s father Matthew Bartle carries him and younger brother Jack into the home of Brighton matches.
“I requires quite a bit of time to get the boys ready for a game since they have additional needs. Together with my Jack, he receives a whole lot of stress and needs a serene environment for a period of time leading up to depart.
“After we get there we have a disabled parking area in the ground. There’s also a lift to get us up to the viewing region where Jack and George sitit’s excellent.
“The club has got the balance right. Between having the ideal facilities and making people feel included. Theyfeel part of the team and’re not assessed. For me personally as a parent that’s essential.”
Staff at the arena are especially trained to assist fans who don’t have visual needs. Millie Crowhurst wishes to make every enthusiast feel included and is the disability liaison officer of Brighton & Hove Albion.
“Inside the ground we’ve got a hidden handicap wristband scheme for our supporters who want it. This wristband can be shown by them to some member of safety or steward and they will provide help.
“All employees receive special training for this. We have also got an inclusion room. We’re the first from the Premier League to own this. It’s for fans who may struggle to take a seat down in the primary stadium to begin with.”
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