Kerry Evans is the Disability Liaison Officer at Wrexham AFC after taking the role in January 2018 on a voluntary basis. The disability liaison officer is responsible for all things relating to disability within the football club.
THE DLO'S AIMS
No one should feel unable to attend a match day at Wrexham AFC, there should be no barriers, and the DLO pledge's to make Wrexham AFC welcoming to all regardless of disability. Kerry is a full time wheelchair user and feels she can really connect with the people she is trying to help, and understand the difficulties that people with disabilities can face getting out and about.
THE DLO'S ACHIEVEMENTS
In a short space of time, Kerry has made our stadium Autism Friendly. Wrexham AFC are the first football club in Wales to be recognised with an Autism Friendly award. We now have families regularly using this quiet area, having put a number of things in place to ensure autistic fans are welcome and looked after whilst visiting Wrexham AFC. We also hold Autism Friendly sessions for staff and stewards.
Wrexham AFC has had Dementia Friendly status for the last three years, all our stewards have received Dementia training, which is in the process of being rolled out across the whole football staff. Kerry will continue to press on and make improvements at our club for people living with Dementia to feel safe and enjoy their afternoon at Wrexham AFC.
Wheelchair Accessible Away Travel
Kerry was keen to set up a Wheelchair Accessible Away Travel service. This ensures that wheelchair fans had the same opportunities as able bodied fans and could attend away games on official club travel. The travel is now up and running and the feedback has been outstanding from fans using the service.
Better Access At The Racecourse
Although we had an access ramp into our club shop, the doorway was not actually accessible to a disabled person, so we have made the necessary improvements and now have a push button mechanism that electrically opens and closes the doorway. It came to Kerry's attention that there was no access into the club for wheelchair fans to be able to fully enjoy our yearly open days. We had a ramp made giving fans the chance to visit all the players facilities on all our future open days.
We now have waitress service in place for all our wheelchair fans who either sit along the front row or up on our viewing platform which is also available for our autistic fans in the quiet autism area. These supporters can place food and drink orders from their seats and that is brought out to you pitch side, meaning that people who may struggle to go and queue purchase items now don’t need to do that.
We now have poncho’s that we offer out to our wheelchair fans on wet days, along with blankets that can be offered out to visiting away fans to be used on cold days.
Audio Descriptive Commentary/Audio Programmes
I have been able to help the Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) in their quest to have an Audio Descriptive Commentary for blind and partially sighted fans. Also running in conjunction with this service we now provide our match day programme on Audio CD, meaning that any fans within our club who may struggle to read the programme, can now keep up with our match day programme for all home games, by simply listening to the Audio CD.
We also host Reminiscence Group here at Wrexham AFC on the 1st Friday of every month in our Centenary Club. It is attended by both men and women and is a lovely welcoming group who enjoy discussing everything about Wrexham AFC whether it be from the good old days, right up to present day. Everyone is welcome to attend.