Dunfermline Athletic FC v Airdrie

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Dunfermline Athletic FC v Airdrie FC 17 January 2015, East End Park, Dunfermline

As part of Dunfermline Athletic's ongoing commitment to making our community owned football club more accessible to all fans, whether non-disabled or disabled we are pleased to announce another exciting initiative at East End Park. At the above game this coming Saturday, we have invited 10 of our disabled supporters to be guests of our club in our Kingdom Club match day hospitality lounge between 12.30 and 5.30pm on match day. The supporters will be able to watch the whole match in the comfort of one of our trackside executive boxes.

A number of Directors of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club (DAFC) have joined forces with ESL - Services to sponsor this initiative, which will be repeated at another match later this season. ESL has been working closely with DAFC and provided a comprehensive disabled access report in the summer of 2014.

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Dunfermline Athletic is now a community owned football club, as the hard work, passion and sacrifice of the people of West Fife rallied around to save their local football team from administration in 2013. £1.5 million was raised in 9 months to buy the football club, and our stadium, East End Park.

As part of this restructure, Pars United Limited the holding company for our club has been constituted as a “Community Interest Company.” As a result the directors of the football club have to ensure that our football club fulfils its social obligations fully to the community of West Fife.

Dunfermline Athletic Football Club (DAFC) is rightly proud to be at the centre of the West Fife Community, and although we are the largest senior football club in Fife, we recognise that more must be done to make our club relevant to the day to day lives of our supporters and their families.

East End Park is already one of the best stadia in Scotland for disabled fans to visit – Joint Top in the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association’s League Table of grounds to visit! Our aim is to be the clear No 1 and to move on from there.

Although our stadium is very good, it was designed before many of today’s standards were written, so we are determined to keep improving it.

At DAFC we believe that football can enrich the lives of everyone so we want to ensure that anyone with a disability can experience this enrichment too –there should be no barriers to enjoying football.

We value everyone who comes through the gate, and believe football clubs have a moral duty to be inclusive, so even as we pursue our ambitions on the park we will devote resources to that end. Total Football = Total Access.

As a community club DAFC is committed to making our stadium accessible to all fans, both non-disabled and disabled. Involvement with the WHOLE community is now written into our core values.We have a formal Disability Policy at DAFC, with full training for all customer-facing staff and a Disability Champion to ensure that standards are maintained.

ESL have been providing Disability Access Auditing, Training and Accessibility Solutions for over 10 years. From their base in Livingston, Central Scotland, they offer a full-service range of professional, cost-effective and bespoke packages to help and support disabled people and all types of businesses throughout the UK.