Premier League Brighton leading way for fan inclusion
As part of National Inclusion Week, Sky Sports News followed Brighton & Hove Albion fans George and Jack Holloway-Bartle for their experience at the Amex in Falmer.
George is a wheelchair user and he and his brother Jack are still autistic.
Watching Brighton is a massive portion of George’s life and participate in game has assisted him. “I have trouble walking round the scene. My wheelchair is indeed helpful to me personally and means a great deal. The stadium is fantastic and the staff are brilliant. Just being in the games assists me, the atmosphere is just brilliant.”
There are wider corridors and lifts to allow for wheelchair accessibility. So that he could find a wheelchair of his own Albion at the Community, brighton’s official charity, held a fundraiser back 2015.
George added,”They’ve done brilliantly, they’ve done very good. Donating that seat to me was fantastic.”
He is taken by george’s dad Matthew Bartle and brother Jack to Brighton’s home games.
“I requires quite a bit of time to get the boys ready for a game since they both have extra needs. Together with my youngest Jack, he requires a serene atmosphere for a period of time leading up to leave and gets a whole good deal of anxiety.
“Once we get there we have a disabled parking space in the floor. There is also a lift to get us up to the viewing region at which Jack and George sitit’s great.
“The bar gets the balance right. Between having the facilities and making people feel included. They’re not segregated and feel part of the group. For me as a parent that is crucial.”
Staff in the stadium are trained to aid supporters who do not possess demands that are visual. Millie Crowhurst is Brighton & Hove Albion’s disability liaison officer also wishes to make every fan texture included.
“Inside the ground we have got a hidden disability wristband scheme for our supporters that need it. They could demonstrate some member of steward or safety this wristband and they’ll help.
“All employees receive special training because of this. We got an addition room. We’re the first from the Premier League. It’s for fans who may struggle to sit in the main arena to begin with.”
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