Premiership football stadiums: How accessible is your club?

Earlier this year, it was noted that Premier League clubs had made limited progress on improving access for disabled fans, campaigners stated.Thirteen out of the 20 sides were failing to provide the required number of wheelchair spaces, said the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).It said only seven clubs have larger, fully equipped toilets, while […]

Earlier this year, it was noted that Premier League clubs had made limited progress on improving access for disabled fans, campaigners stated.

Thirteen out of the 20 sides were failing to provide the required number of wheelchair spaces, said the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

It said only seven clubs have larger, fully equipped toilets, while seven clubs are breaking Premier League rules on providing information to fans. The Premier League said clubs were working hard to improve facilities.

The EHRC wrote to all 20 English Premier League football clubs to ask about the accessibility of their ground and the services they provide to disabled supporters.

This report below is their assessment, based on the information provided to them.

EHRC wanted to find out what steps the football clubs had taken to meet their legal obligations to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

They asked about:
  • the accessibility of their ground, including seating, toilets and changing facilities
  • services, such as ticketing and stewarding
  • transport to and from the stadium, including car parking
  • plans for improvements over the next two years

Football clubs have been required by law to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people since 1999, and the final part of this duty came into force in 2004.

To help clubs become more accessible, the Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG) was published in 2003 and updated in August 2015. All Premier League clubs committed to meeting the standards set out in the ASG by August 2017.

With the start of the 2017-18 Premiership football season fast approaching, how will your club be ensuring it is accessible for all?

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