AFC Bournemouth is pleased to support the 2017 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action.
This weekend’s Premier League fixture against Swansea City has been dedicated to the annual initiative, which aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.
Disabled people constitute the largest minority group at around 15% of the population and this number is increasing year on year. Naturally, a large number of disabled people are football fans too and we are pleased to take this opportunity to thank our own disabled fans for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.
This year we are celebrating the ‘Game Changers’ that make a big difference to the matchday experience of our disabled fans. We want to shine a light on those who lead and pioneer change that improves access and inclusion, and in many cases changing the lives of disabled people.
We have nominated Mohammed and Martin as our ‘Game Changers’ who make the DC Lounge possible on a matchday. This is in recognition of the positive feedback that we regularly receive from both home and visiting disabled supporters.
Mohammed has been part of the AFC Bournemouth family for over 10 years, including six years as a disability steward on the East Stand viewing platform.
Martin has supported the Cherries for 50 years and started working for the club in 1991 as a programme seller. Since this season, he co-hosts the DC Lounge with Mohammed and both pride themselves on providing a warm welcome along with a hot drink and a teamsheet.
Home and visiting disabled supporters can get involved in the Weeks of Action campaign in the DC Lounge before the match. Open from 2pm, the DC Lounge offers the opportunity for disabled supporters to meet and enjoy refreshments in the build-up to kick-off.
In further support of the Weeks of Action campaign, AFC Bournemouth Ability Counts players will be flagbearers at the match. Ability Counts provides the opportunity for children and adults with any form of learning and/or physical disability to play football and represent the Cherries in an environment best suited to their individual needs.