Swansea City’s Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action a success
Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action was a huge success with Swansea City hosting more activations than in previous seasons as they help to raise awareness and visibility of disabled supporters.
Swans’ home match against Fulham was dedicated to the disability charity with more than 18,000 fans watching on as players showed their support by wearing warm-up shirts. The shirts will now be auctioned off to raise funds which support the fantastic work of the Disabled Supporter Association (DSA).
As well as articles on the website and in the programme which shed more light on the work of DSA, there was also a video played on the big screen at half time during the match which demonstrated and celebrated the importance of supporter groups to help the most vulnerable fans in our community safely return to football following various lockdowns.
Away from the pitch, the meet and greet with the DSA committee ahead of kick off was extremely well received with new members signing up to join the group while the mascots – all of whom were DSA members who had been gifted the experience by the club – had a fantastic time as VIP guests in hospitality and completing a lap of the Swansea.com Stadium pitch.
As pioneers in community and fan engagement, the club were also invited to be part of the Level Playing Field podcast with Swans disability access officer Catherine Thomas invited to speak as well as DSA secretary Cath Dyer, along with other members of the DSA including families of the mascots.
Andrew Brayley, chair of the DSA, said: “I believe it essential to have a game dedicated to Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Actions.
“It allows the promotion of the continuous work done throughout the year on accessibility and inclusion by the DSA, club and Level Playing Fields. It also provides a platform for everyone including players and management to show their support. This year the dedicated game provided an opportunity for some of our current junior members to become mascots for the day and for potential new members to come and meet the committee.”