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Disabled fans the focus at The Lane

Posted on 4 June 2009  - 12:00

White Hart Lane was the setting for an event aimed at raising awareness around disabled football supporters.

Disabled fans the focus at The Lane

White Hart Lane was the setting for an event aimed at raising awareness around disabled football supporters.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation joined Kick It Out and The National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) along with youngsters from Vale School, Northumberland Park, for an insight into some of the obstacles disabled fans have to overcome when attending football fixtures across the country.

The event saw young people taking part in a number of activities aimed at raising their awareness of the experience of disabled fans on a match day.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association took part in a workshop demonstrating how they train their dogs. In addition the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) delivered a sign language workshop with a football theme.

KIO/NADS event

The day culminated with a Q&A session with Danny Wallace. A former England and Manchester United star, Danny's career was cut short nine years ago after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

He now heads up the Danny Wallace Foundation, and holds ambassadorial roles with both NADS and Kick It Out. He talked about his experience both on the pitch and his struggle with MS.

Alison Vaughan, Campaigns Manager for Kick It Out, said: "As we're seeing an increased number of disabled supporters at games, it's vital we educate able-bodied matchgoers on some of the potential issues that these fans face.

"Events like this, where we're able to bring together organisations dedicated to helping disabled fans, with young people and pioneering individuals like Danny Wallace, are a really effective way of doing this."

Joyce Cook, Chair for NADS, said: "We were delighted to team up with Tottenham Hotspur for this event. The club have a strong pedigree in working with the disabled supporters amongst their fanbase."

To find out more about NADS, CLICK HERE...

To find out more about Kick It Out, CLICK HERE...

Photography by John McCafferty.