Chris welcomes Premier League pledge to improve access for disabled supporters

Chris welcomes the Premier League statement, which promises that all clubs will comply with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017. There has been a long campaign to improve stadium facilities for disabled supporters and increase the numbers of wheelchair spaces, for years substantially fewer at most clubs than the numbers recommended in official guidance.

On Monday, the government published a deeply critical report about disabled people’s experience in sports stadiums. This came after years of campaigning by various organisations and supporters groups and as Lord Faulkner’s Accessible Sport Grounds Bill is considered in Westminster. Chris has taken part in the debates calling on the football community to “rediscover their moral compass.”

There was widespread praise in the House of Lords for the move by the Premier League but Chris urged the government to “monitor closely” the progress being made up to 2017.

BBC, Premier League clubs to make changes for disabled fans.

The Guardian, Premier League pledges to improve stadium facilities for disabled fans.

Telegraph, Premier League face the threat of losing sponsors over clubs’ inadequate provision for disabled fans.

Mirror, Paralympic swimmer Lord Holmes urges Premier League clubs to provide more seats for disabled fans.




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