Exeter City's focus on disability for weeks of action fixture
League Two side Exeter City’s dedicated One Game, One Community weeks of action fixture against Chesterfield at St James Park will have a particular focus on disability this Saturday (20 October)
“It is so important for football to reach out to all parts of the community,” said Grecians ambassador Guillem Bauza. “Exeter City’s work with disabled fans and footballers is a great example of this so I am delighted that we are going to celebrate disability.”
The teams, wearing One Game, One Community shirts, will be led out by local young disabled footballers and the half-time shoot out will feature players from the Exeter City Ability Counts teams.
The disabled supporter’s experience at Exeter has been greatly enhanced thanks to the work of the Exeter City Disabled Supporters’ Association. Facilities include 34 elevated places for wheelchair users.
A wheelchair is available for hire on match days for those supporters who have a need for a wheelchair because of a temporary disablement. For the visually impaired there is a dedicated commentary service with 10 headsets available to supporters. A portable induction loop is also available.
The club is keen to raise awareness of these facilities and to help this guests will be specially invited to the game against Chesterfield from local disability organisations including Devon in Sight (the Devon County Association for the Blind), St. Loye’s Foundation and CEDA.
Exeter City has also been at the forefront of offering opportunities for disabled footballers. The club’s ‘Football in the Community Trust’, working alongside Devon FA, has developed a range of disability football initiatives including the ‘Ability Counts’ set up for players with mental or physical disabilities. Other projects include football for power/ wheelchair users, people with cerebral palsy, and the visually and hearing impaired.
The day has been organised by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust’s One Game, One CommunityGroup which addresses a range of diversity and equality issues including racism, homophobia, gender, age, disability and faith and beliefs.
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