Disability Policy

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DISABILITY POLICY
Leigh Leopards is a caring club which takes seriously its
responsibilities regarding Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act and Equality Act 2010.

2023 DISABILITY POLICY

This policy sets out how disabled supporters attending home matches will be accommodated at Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4NY and how the Club will underpin its commitment to disabled supporters.

Discrimination against disabled people, whether spectators or customers will not be tolerated. The Club have endeavoured to provide excellent facilities for disabled people but recognise that from time-to-time reasonable adjustments will need to be made to provide full compliance with the DDA.

Criteria:

Full details are available on: Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

However, you automatically meet the disability definition under the Equality Act 2010 from the day you’re diagnosed with HIV infection, cancer, or multiple sclerosis.
What isn’t counted as a disability?
 
There is guidance on conditions that aren’t covered by the disability definition e.g., addiction to non–prescribed drugs or alcohol.
 
Any such persons will be considered for use of the special provision areas of the stadium according to the procedures outlined in this policy.
 
Disabled persons may be described in the following categories:
 
  • Largely dependent on using a wheelchair for their daily activities.
  • Having ambulatory disabilities (i.e., uses a walking stick, crutches etc.)
  • Having a physically restricting medical condition.
  • Older people who have reduced mobility.
 All cases will be treated fairly on balance of the circumstances and subject to the available spaces per each match day.

Wheelchair Dependant Supporters:

Wheelchair accommodation is provided on a platform in the North and West Stands. Accessible toilets are provided solely for use by disabled
persons throughout the stadium. There are dedicated accessible car parking spaces which are located at the front of the stadium.

The Club would ask that people recognise that there are a limited number of spaces available, and it will not be possible to accommodate everyone who has a blue/orange badge. The spaces will be allocated to Members on a priority basis with those in receipt of the higher rate of mobility allowance being allocated a space in the first instance; however, requests for the remaining places can be made by people with other
mobility difficulties. All requests will be judged on their merits, and this system will provide a fair way of ensuring those with the greatest need have priority. We suggest that due to places being limited fans make alternative arrangements to parking at the stadium.
 
 
Disabled persons may be asked by the Club to provide qualifying documentation relating to their disability to qualify for accessible seating.

Wheelchair access to the stadium with a carer or personal assistant will be via designated gates at the West and North areas of the Stadium. These are clearly marked. Lifts are available to access the wheelchair accessible elevated platforms, and these will be operated by dedicated
stewards.

All disabled supporters will be admitted to the Stadium at the rate applicable to their age range (obtainable from the ticket office on Tel.
01942 487888). If a disabled spectator is accompanied by a carer or personal assistant, one carer will be allocated a free ticket. Please note
that not all disabled spectators attending a game require a carer/personal assistant. They may simply be attending with their partner, friend, or colleague and in which case they will not be entitled to a free carer ticket.

Tickets cannot be obtained via the internet and spectators must contact the Ticket Office at Leigh Sports Village.
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