Liberty hosts Level Playing Field forum

15th May 2018

National charity Level Playing Field held their annual regional forum at the Liberty Stadium, which saw representatives from national Disabled Supporter Associations and sporting clubs across South Wales meet to discuss accessibility and inclusion.

Representatives from the Swans, the Swans DSA, the Swans Community Trust and the Football Association of Wales were all present.

Level Playing Field chief executive Owain Davies said: “This event is an opportunity for supporters and clubs across the whole football pyramid to come together to share experiences.

“It also provides a platform and a voice for disabled fans to air certain concerns.”

Presentations were given by Level Playing Field, Swansea City, the Swans DSA and the Community Trust.

Lee Trundle stopped by to discuss the inclusion projects run by the Community Trust he has visited.

Mark Phillips, the Swans’ disability access officer, spoke about the steps the Club has taken to become more inclusive.

He said: “Our team were able to highlight a number of key areas and initiatives that have greatly improved accessibility for those supporters both attending a match and through the work of the community trust.

“What shone through is how vital DSAs are in guiding football clubs to improve processes and facilities.”

Richard Jones, inclusion senior manager for the Community Trust, said: “This highlights all the work we are doing as a trust to ensure all our programmes are more inclusive for disabled people.

“It was very clear that there is tremendous buy-in across the club, the trust and the DSA to ensure we meet this important agenda.”