A joint government survey was launched on the 26th of December seeking the views of disabled people who have attended, or wish to attend, sporting events. The survey was launched partly in response to a series of news articles related to poor levels of access to sports stadia and other sporting venues for disabled spectators.
In a letter sent out to a number of stakeholders, Mark Harper, (Minister of State for Disabled People) and Helen Grant, (Minister for Sport and Tourism) said:-
“The Olympic Stadium at Stratford has shown everyone what can be achieved if accessibility is a key part of the planning and building process of a stadium to ensure that it is fully inclusive and accessible. We understand, however, that it would be unrealistic to expect every spectator sports stadium to reach these same standards. The limited resources of small clubs mean that they can often only achieve what is reasonable in terms of access and inclusion. Nevertheless, some small clubs will cater for their disabled supporters in a more inclusive and accessible way than some of the more wealthy clubs.”
The results of the survey will provide more insight about the accessibility of stadia and other sporting venues.
As DAA members, we would encourage you to share your opinions and experiences on stadia that are doing well in terms of accessibility and those where some improvements could be made. We would also like to encourage you to share this with disabled people that you work with, so that this survey gets as much reach as possible.
The survey runs until 28 February 2015 and can be accessed via this link, http://bit.ly/1uMgEQr .