Bradford City Football Club have signed up to the Level Playing Field (LPF) Access Audit Programme and will undergo an audit this Tuesday (26 July 2016) to update the previous one carried out in 2010.
The club are signing up not just to the audit to ensure we meet the minimum standards, but also to being committed to working towards improving access and inclusion standards at the ground. The two-day audit includes review of the stadium and services for accessibility and will be followed up with a match-day visit.
Following successful completion of the audit, we will proudly display the ‘LPF audited’ accreditation and have both a benchmark of where we are and an action plan to target improvement.
David Dowse, City's Stadium & Facilities Manager said “The ground has undergone many changes in the last six years in terms of its structure and with the club changing ownership we felt now was the right time to complete the audit.”
As a part of the audit the disabled fans views are vital and as such the Bantams Disabled Organisation July meeting will host the LPF auditor, Nicky Baker, in a fans forum.
Nicky will do a presentation on the role of LPF, how the audit is conducted and the work we can do together going forward.
The disabled supporters group are also privileged to be the first community group to benefit from the clubs Centurion Group sponsorship and will have an exclusive pre-season appearance from the new goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier.
Jaimie Dorward, Disability Liaison Officer for the club said “If you are a disabled supporter or affected by the issues or feel there are areas the club needs work this is the time to raise them so they can be captured during this audit process and form part of the action plan to improve.”
The disabled fans forum is this Tuesday evening at 6.45pm n the 1911 club at the Northern Commercials Stadium for further details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com
The LPF access audits are undertaken by peer reviewed professional NRAC auditors (National Register of Access Consultants and Auditors) and are conducted in line with UK legislation (Equality Act 2010 and building regulations) and sports stadia good practice guidance (Accessible Stadia-Sports Grounds and Stadia Guide; European Committee for Standardisation Technical Report - CEN/TR 15913 “Spectator facilities – Layout criteria for spectators with special needs”; UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadia and Matchday Experience - Access for All).
For further information visit www.levelplayingfield.org.uk