Barrow AFC is appealing for disabled supporters and their carers to work with the Club to influence the planning around improving facilities at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
A meeting has been arranged, which will take place in the Club’s Fan Zone on Tuesday 25th May at 6pm, and it is open to all those who feel they can have a positive input on plans.
Lifelong fan Stephen Forbes, who is helping to organise the meeting said: “We would like to try and make the stadium more accessible for disabled supporters who already attend and for those who might want to come to a match but have been put off in the past.
“It's about understanding that all disabilities are not obvious and trying to help everyone whatever their disabilities may be.”
Barrow AFC Director Steve Herbert added: “Stephen and I have been working together on an access report on The Progression Solicitors Stadium and, as a Club, we are committed to improving our disabled facilities.
“We are compliant with the law but there is a long way to go and it’s our disabled fans, and indeed all those with mobility issues, who we would like to help us drive that process.
“Barrow AFC fans should all have access to the same experiences and enjoyment of watching our Club play in the EFL.”
Shane Pitts, an avid fan and a Barrow AFC Performance Centre coach, who has cerebral palsy explained: “I have been following the Club since I was six years old and it has had a big positive impact on my life in so many ways.
“I want the fans that perhaps struggle to get to games to be able to come and watch the lads on a Saturday, feel the same buzz that I do on a matchday and enjoy the overall experience.”
The fund for facilities has already been boosted by a £1,000 legacy from Barrow AFC stalwart Dave Tilburn, who passed away earlier this year. Barrow AFC in the Community have also organised a 24-Hour Match to raise funds to be split between this project and local junior football.
Any organisations or individuals who would like further information on the meeting are advised to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org