Football: Disability

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th February 2017.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to help improve disability access at Football League grounds.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The English Football League (EFL) have set out a clear accessibility work plan which seeks to ensure a better matchday experience for disabled spectators. The EFL have committed to a programme of continual improvement in facilities, in conjunction with their clubs and Level Playing Field. The plan touches on all aspects of the matchday experience and is being implemented over the current season.

Ensuring sport is inclusive and accessible for spectators remains a priority, and I want to continue to see concerted action taken by clubs to fulfil their legal obligations towards disabled supporters. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the Equality Act 2010 The EHRC has powers to ensure service providers, including sports stadia, fulfil their legal obligations under the Act.

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