Premier League Brighton leading way for fan inclusion
Included in National Inclusion Week, Sky Sports News followed Brighton & Hove Albion fans George and Jack Holloway-Bartle Due to their matchday experience at the Amex.
George is a wheelchair user and both he and his brother Jack are still autistic.
Seeing Brighton is a part of George’s life and participate in game has assisted him. “I have difficulty walking across the scene. My wheelchair is helpful to me personally and that means a great deal. The stadium is excellent and the staff are brilliant. Just being at the games helps me, the air is just brilliant.”
There are corridors and lifts to allow for wheelchair access. Therefore he could get a wheelchair of his own brighton’s official charity held a fundraiser for George back in 2015.
George added,”They have done brilliantly, they have done very great. Donating that chair to me was excellent.”
George’s dad Matthew Bartle carries him brother Jack to the home of Brighton matches.
“I requires quite a lot of time to get the boys ready for a match since they have additional needs. Together with my youngest Jack, he receives a whole lot of stress and needs a serene atmosphere for a time period leading up to depart.
“When we get there we’ve got a handicapped parking area in the ground. There is also a lift to get us up to the screening place where Jack and George sit, it’s great.
“The bar has got the balance right. Between having the right facilities and making people feel included. They’re not assessed and feel part of the team. For me personally as a parent that’s vital.”
Staff in the arena are especially trained to aid supporters who don’t have demands that are visual. Millie Crowhurst wants to make every fan feel included and is the disability liaison officer of Brighton & Hove Albion.
“Within the floor we’ve got a hidden handicap wristband scheme for our supporters who want it. This wristband can be shown by them to any member of security or steward and they’ll provide help.
“All employees receive special training because of this. We’ve also got an addition room. We’re the first from the Premier League. It’s for fans who may struggle to sit in the main stadium to start with.”
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