Premier League Football Clubs have been in the news again with people questioning their accessibility for disabled supporters. Most recently in this BBC article which shows concerns that many of clubs may not achieve their commitment to incorporating Changing Places toilets in their stadia as previously promised.
Earlier this year, a Level Playing Field released the pledge made by Premier League Clubs stating their commitment to improving disabled access. Have a read of the report here.
Following the report, David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said;
“Disabled fans give their money to their club just like everyone else. They buy the shirts and loyally support their teams. Premier League promised that disabled access would be improved by the start of next season so it is disappointing that a number of clubs will fail to meet that deadline. The time for excuses is over.
Clubs need to urgently demonstrate to us what they are doing to ensure they are compliant with the law and how they are making it easier for disabled fans to attend matches. If they don’t they will face legal action.”
With only 7 Premier League Football Clubs having suitable toilet facilities for disabled supporters and their deadline approaching, time is running out.
Nick Kent, Managing Director of Changing Places sponsor Aveso commented:
“We are proud to sponsor the Changing Places campaign as well as manufacture the key equipment and are more than willing to help the Premiership Clubs achieve their self imposed deadline of August 2017. We have installed Changing Places in many Premiership Stadiums, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Southampton, Arsenal as well as Brighton & Hove and Chesterfield so we’re ready to help others to finding the right solution to provide these vital facilities”.
With Changing Places toilets playing a vital facilities role in everyday life for thousands of families, it seems understandable that campaigners are putting the pressure on.
Without a Ceiling Hoist and Changing Table, days out are stressful making care and toileting and extremely difficult. With 960 Changing Places toilets now in the UK, there are more than ever, but there are no way near enough.
Contact Astor-Bannerman today to plan your next Changing Places project and find out how we can help with all aspects from planning, equipment, installation, building work, promotion and more.