It's a new season and a new start for Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Association. With fans back in grounds and the coronavirus pandemic subsiding, the group which champions the cause of supporters with disabilities is more important than ever.
Chair Kerry Coleman said: “We came together as a group because we wanted to ensure that everyone who came to watch a game at AESSEAL New York stadium had an enjoyable experience regardless of their disability.
“We want supporters to feel a valued part of the club.
“Our aim is to where possible make any changes or adaptions that we are able to so that all supporters can come to a football match without any barriers to watching.”
The RUDSA has already launched sensory bags for supporters that struggle with sensory issues around noise, available from the main reception on matchdays for a deposit of £10.
It is also looking to invest in an adult changing table that will benefit adult fans with any personal care needs.
Until Covid intervened, the group hosted regular events at the NYS featuring a variety of guest speakers, including players and local sports reporters which were very well attended.
Kerry added: “With the new season underway, we are hoping to build on what we have already achieved and continue to strive forward in making the experience of a disabled fan the best that we can.”
The Millers' Head of Supporters' services, John Bird, has been working closely with the group.
He added: “Many of the improvements we have made have come as a result of feedback from supporters.
“I am delighted to be involved with the Disabled Supporters' Association and I'm looking forward to working closely with group this season.
“From some of our earlier meetings, our numbers have grown but we are still looking to add new members.”
Anyone wanting to join can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Association can be found on twitter @OfficialRUDSA and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRUDSA
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