Response to Culture, Media & Sport Committee report “ACCESSIBILITY OF SPORTS STADIA”
In a report published today, Monday 16 January 2017, the Culture, Media and Sport
Committee says it is “very clear” that sports clubs, notably many of those with very
considerable income and resources, have not done anywhere near enough for sports fans
with disabilities in recent years, despite the increase in income many of those clubs have
The report states “…we consider it completely unacceptable that a number of Premier
League clubs—some of the richest sporting organisations in the UK—have failed to carry
out even basic adaptations in over 20 years”.
AccessAdvisr, which provided written evidence, welcomes the recommendations in this
report, but questions whether they carry enough weight, and whether the clubs in question,
and the Premier League, will accelerate their notoriously slow ‘progress’.
Rob Trent, Co-founder and Managing Director AccessAdvisr Ltd.
Aims of AccessAdvisr
AccessAdvisr was developed by Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) and Rob Trent to provide an unbiased, real-world view of how easy-to-access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. Rob now runs AccessAdvisr.
By anonymising and combining the information people contribute we will share it with ethical service providers so they can improve the quality and accessibility of services they provide for disabled people.
About Rob Trent
Rob has personal experience of living with a disability and overcoming accessibility challenges. He has previously combined these life experiences with his interest in sport, and has worked with the Football Stadium Design Council and the Football Foundation to help improve facilities for disabled people at football grounds.
“Yes, itʼs accessible, thereʼs only two steps to navigate”. “We have a ramp allowing access to our building”.
As a wheelchair user I have often come across comments like those above. However, on many occasions the reality differs greatly from the description. “Ramps” are more like ski slopes, and “access to our building” is usually past the cleaners equipment, through the kitchen and into the service lift. Things are very often not quite what they seem.
Out of that frustration AccessAdvisr was born. I wanted something for users who face the same challenges as me. AccessAdvisr was created to provide a user-led real-world view of how easy-to-access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. The aim is to provide a simple mechanism to allow people with mobility challenges to rate and find first-hand accessibility information. Photographs and videos can be posted on the site.
Information can then be passed on to persuade businesses to improve accessibility, or to recognise great accessibility.