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      20.05.2001 17:07
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      NADS (www.nads.org.uk) [Background: Few football fans ever stop to think about the facilities that clubs provide for disabled supporters. However, there is an organisation (NADS - The National Association of Disabled Supporters) that provides a voice for disabled football supporters across the country.] The NADS web site (at www.nads.org.uk) is still in its infancy, but it is good to see that there is an organisation that exists to look out for the needs of disabled football supporters. A recent audit of English league and non-league grounds found that Reading's Madejski stadium provided the best facilities for disabled supporters. However, far from being perfect, there are still many problems here as well as at other grounds, in the way that disabled supporters are treated. It is apparent that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that disabled supporters who visit football matches are not disadvantaged. Any positive steps that are taken in this direction would also have the effect of encouraging more disabled supporters to come to matches. The site has links to specific clubs to show the facilities that they provide for disabled supporters, although it is sad to see that only a handful of links are shown. I feel that much more involvement is required from the football clubs themselves in order that they can be aware of the issues and then attempt to do something to improve the situation. Since the publication of the Taylor report in 1990, much has already been done by clubs to improve provision for disabled supporters. However, there is no doubt that there is much more that could be done in an effort to make football less daunting for any supporters with a disability. Although details of NADS' recent audit are not yet on the site (as it has only recently been completed), I look forward to reading details about which clubs are working to improve their facilities and which
      ones are sadly lacking in this department. The NADS web site also has a bulletin board, as well as a variety of useful links, including details of membership to the organisation for football clubs or disabled supporters organisations. At least some positive steps seem to be taken to ensure that the game of football is not just for able-bodied supporters, but I will be checking back on a regular basis to see what progress NADS have been able to make. Also, whether you are disabled or not, it may be a good idea to contact your football club to see what they are doing to support the initiatives that NADS are promoting. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}


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