As a club that continually strives to ensure that everyone enjoys their football here at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham United are incredibly proud to once again be supporting the fantastic work of Level Playing Field, as we dedicate Saturday afternoon's hosting of Milton Keynes Dons to their Weeks of Action campaign.
The power sport has to bring people together is unprecedented and we are committed to ensuring that the AESSEAL New York Stadium is a place where everyone can enjoy their football. During the #WeeksOfAction, fans, clubs, Disabled Supporters Associations and other partners come together to showcase the impact that watching sport can have on people.
As with all of our loyal fans, we value each and every member of the Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Association (RUDSA), who - along with our fantastic Community Sports Trust- we have worked with tirelessly to improve the matchday experience for our disabled supporters and across the board.
Every year, we look to ensure we improve on the previous one and 2022 is no exception. We're pleased to confirm that we will be using Level Playing Field's Weeks of Action to introduce an accessibility passport along with our Sunflower Lanyard Scheme, allowing supporters with a hidden disability to feel more comfortable when using disabled facilities at the stadium.
Our Disabled Association are also raising funds towards purchasing an adult changing table which will be used by home and away supporters, and will also greatly assist supporters with hidden disabilities.
Not just satisfied with 'doing our bit' on home turf, Millers players and staff went above and beyond during our recent trip to Plymouth Argyle, with our colleagues from Devon carrying out their own activities in homage to the day.
Argyle welcomed a very special guest to the Home Park fixture, with young supporter Archie given the opportunity to meet the players and manager Paul Warne beforehand, as well as being granted the privilege of leading the Millers out to take on the Green Army.
The Millers players also took it upon themselves to ensure Archie received a signed shirt, which he was presented by Millers defender Angus MacDonald prior to the warm-ups, another show of generosity and kindness from the team.
Kerry Coleman, Chair of the Rotherham United Disabled Association, said:
"We have worked closely with Rotherham United on a number of schemes to make the club more accessible.
This year we have worked to introduce an accessibility passport along with the Sunflower Lanyard scheme for all disabled supporters, but primarily for those with hidden disabilities.
"We'd like to give a special thanks to the club for all their help and to Caz Bradley for her fundraising efforts this year which have raised a total of £950."
Further information will be published when the accessibility passports are ready to apply for and how to do so.