Bradford City Football Club is pleased to support the 2017 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action. This annual initiative, now in its 12th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.
This period of celebration and awareness began on Saturday 4 March 2017 and runs through to this Sunday (19 March).
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 match day 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.
will highlight the activities they do within the community. www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk, and #GameChangersBradford City has many active disabled supporters and
This Monday's story involves one of our younger disabled fans.
Lewis, aged 7, was born prematurely and was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy which means all four limbs are affected and he is unable to sit up or walk unaided.
This has not stopped him following in his dad’s footsteps he’s already a devout Bradford City fan attending home and away games since he was 3 years old.
Football gives Lewis, as well as many of our disabled fans, the opportunity to join in and be just like everyone else.
In Lewis’ case he can’t run in the park with his friends or play on the climbing frames but he can beat a toy drum like the Kop drummer, he can wave a flag at pitch side.
He has even been wheeled on the pitch by Tony McMahon as a mascot and he can certainly shout and sing from the side lines.
He had to undergo surgery only this last year and while he was having his operation a groups of fans paid for his wheelchair to have bespoke Bradford City coverings and players from the first team visited him in hospital.
#GamesChangers.Lewis is a great young man and Bradford City are proud to have him as part of the #BantamsFamily and he is definitely one of our
this Weeks of Action!#GameChangersMake sure you join us in celebrating the
@lpftweets@officialbantams#GameChangersPlease showcase your stories and activities