Disabled supporters' platform in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand at Old Trafford

United backing initiative for disabled fans

Saturday 02 March 2019 12:00

As part of the club’s own #allredallequal campaign, Manchester United is continuing to support Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’, as the charity celebrates access and inclusion for all disabled supporters.

The annual initiative, now in its 15th year, is focused on the matchday experience for disabled fans; shining a light on the individual stories of supporters attending matches home and away, week in and week out.

Work is continuing at Old Trafford to improve accessibility for all disabled supporters, which will see an increase in accessible seating and enhanced facilities across the stadium.

Manchester United’s Disabled Supporters Association (MUDSA) will be giving its backing to Level Playing Field again this year, with a dedicated team of support staff wearing Level Playing Field T-shirts during today’s fixture against Southampton, and special messaging being put in place across its own platforms.

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Chas Banks, Secretary of MUDSA said: “When I first became disabled, discovering there were facilities at Old Trafford that enabled disabled supporters to attend games was a source of hope and inspiration to me. Since then, facilities have expanded and improved dramatically and there is even more expansion in the pipeline.

“For those of you reading this who are not disabled, rest assured that if you are ever in need, Manchester United will be there for you; providing some of the best disabled facilities in the country and superb staff too, enabling you to continue watching your team and remain part of the United family.

“MUDSA is pleased and proud to be able to support the LPF in their work generally and in this campaign in particular,” continued Banks. “MUDSA has around 900 members and a 29-year proud history of supporting disabled United fans and their carers. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the club for all their support. We really couldn’t do it without you.”
Richard Arnold, Manchester United’s group managing director added: “Improving accessible facilities for our disabled supporters and working alongside MUDSA and other key stakeholders is hugely important for the club. Recognising the work of Level Playing Field as part of our own #allredallequal campaign is a key part of any success we will have in ensuring that Old Trafford is a home for all Reds.”

MUDSA has donated £500 to Level Playing Field as a mark of its support towards the organisation. Volunteers from MUDSA will be wearing Level Playing Field T-shirts in the build-up to the Southampton game and it has been requested that the club’s ‘accessibility assistants’ from the ticketing team also wear T-shirts, as they have done in previous years.