BFCitC and BFC support Level Playing Field

BFCitC and BFC support Level Playing Field

Burnley Football Club and Burnley FC in the Community support Level Playing Fields Weeks of Action campaign

Disability charity Level Playing Field are celebrating their 18th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign from Saturday 26 February to Sunday 13 March, which aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

This year’s theme celebrates the return of fans after stadiums reopened following the suspension of live sport.

Who are Level Playing Field?

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, working to improve the matchday experience.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives:

  • The Level Playing Field podcast – A monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.
  • Have Your Say – Level Playing Field ask disabled fans for their feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, from their experience at live sports events.
  • Talking Sport – During the pandemic, the charity launched the Talking Sport initiative, where fans could chat to a member of the team in a bid to battle loneliness. After great success, they continued the initiative and encourage fans to get in touch!

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk

Our continued commitment to Disabled Supporters

Over the last few years, Burnley Football Club and BFCitC have been making an incredible effort to improve the experience on matchday for disabled supporters. The two accessible stands in the North East and South East corners are testament to the efforts made to ensure everyone can access and enjoy Turf Moor.

The two new corner stand developments in the North East and South East of Turf Moor were only the first step in making the stadium a more inclusive environment for disabled supporters.

For our dedicated Weeks of Action fixture this year, Burnley Football Club are outlining six commitments to further actions we will be taking over the next 12 months to promote inclusivity for disabled supporters.

These six commitments include:

  1. Launch the Sensory Room in the 2022/23 season for supporters who have learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, or sensory impairments to help them access football by utilising a safe environment.
  2. All customer service staff at Turf Moor will receive basic sign language training (the ticket office, supporter services, retail, and reception).
  3. An accessible version of the programme will be made available for each first team home fixture, along with an accessible version of our annual impact report for the Club and Community.
  4. Close captions will be available on all match specific video content.
  5. Hearing loops will be available and advertised at the ticket office, Clarets Store and in dedicated kiosks throughout the stadium.
  6. An accessible guide will be available, that details Turf Moor for first time fans and caters for a range of disabilities. This will include a detailed and engaging guide to the stadium from key transport hubs at Turf Moor and the perimeter of the stadium.

Burnley Football Club Disabled Supporters Association

As well as the commitments outlined above, supporter feedback is important in making Turf Moor truly accessible to all who visit the ground, and helps us to make informed decisions.

Burnley Football Club’s Disabled Supporters Association are an organised group of supporters who work with the club to provide a voice for disabled fans. The group represent disabled supporters across the fan base and regularly meet with Club representatives to provide feedback from disabled supporters and advice on new initiatives or ideas.

If you would like to join the Disabled Supporters Association, please email chair@bfcdsa.com