LPF is a campaigning and advisory organisation working on behalf of all disabled supporters in England, working to share good practice, raise awareness and promote improved access to sports stadiums for disabled fans and disabled people who aspire to attend live sporting events.
The Weeks of Action promote the need for an inclusive and equal experience for all supporters, bringing together clubs and fans at all levels of the game.
As part of the campaign, members of our Disabled Supporters Association were given the chance to participate in an enjoyable football activity, led by coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, at the Tottenham Community Centre prior to last Saturday’s game with Southampton at the Lane.
Shortly before kick-off, 11-year-old James Horsley, who has cerebral palsy, led the teams out onto the pitch as one of the pre-match flagbearers.
And, in the week leading up to the game, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris visited Oakleigh School in Barnet to observe some of the work our Foundation are doing to provide sporting opportunities to young disabled people in our local community.
Joyce Cook OBE, Chair of Level Playing Field, said: “Statistics state that more than 50% of disabled people in this country have not attended a live sports event or venue. Yet one in four families include a disabled person and six in 10 of the population know a disabled person closely.
“On the back of a very successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is clear that disabled people are an important part of sport in this country. It is now important that the legacy of last summer is fulfilled and extends to sports viewing as well as sports participation amongst disabled people.
“Level Playing Field would like to thank Tottenham Hotspur for supporting this annual initiative.”
For more information about Level Playing Field, visit www.levelplayingfield.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 893584.