We caught up with DLO Kerry Evans who told us about her most recent activities on behalf of Wrexham AFC.
Hi Kerry we know you’ve had a busy time lately including a trip to Derby for an event on behalf of the Club. What was that for?
On Wednesday 22nd January I attended a DAO / DLO round table event run by Level Playing Field at Derby County was a fantastic informative afternoon and included DAO/DLO from our league (in Notts County) right up to premiership clubs.
I made so many new helpful contacts and everyone was very impressed with the inclusion work we are doing at Wrexham.
As a result of the meeting, I was delighted to receive an email from Daniel Townley from LPF who attended the event in which he complimented us at Wrexham AFC to say they were most impressed with the accessible away travel scheme and the Quiet Zone we have put in place.
They asked if we would get fans to write articles explaining how the changes have made a difference to them, and they want to showcase these fans newsletters in the next coming month. Great recognition.
On behalf of the Club you have some other fantastic events coming up, tell us more.
On Tuesday 18th February we have this years Autism Friendly Football sessions starting back up. These have now been running 12 months and were started up February half term last year.
They are a massive success and have around 25 children attend each session in school holidays now. They really have been a resounding success and are very popular. In 2019 we celebrated Level Playing Field Access week by having 2 disabled children in wheelchairs as mascots for the day.
This year we will celebrate Level Playing Field access week at the Eastleigh Game on 7th March. I am very excited at what has been put in place for this year to make our celebrations bigger and better at Wrexham AFC.
I have 2 x mascots again, with completely different disabilities to celebrate being fans at Wrexham, plus I am very excited that the Signing Choir from St Christopher's School have agreed to come and sing on the day for about 15/20 minute period before kick off, they are even learning Wrexham is the name to sign out the team at 3pm.
The choir is 25 young children who all go to the largest special needs school in Wales and all have a level of disability. I have actually seen the choir in action, they are fantastic and afterwards will watch the game from our quiet zone. We have also ordered LPF action week warm up T- shirts for players a large flag and an over sized T-shirt for Wrex that could be worn on the day.
I am really very excited to showcase Wrexham AFC as inclusive as we are. Level playing field will promote what we are actually doing for the day also, so it really should be an excellent celebratory day.
That is great news and sounds like it will make a real difference! What else are you working on?
Our next Wrexham AFC aim which I am currently working on, is the fact of getting Wrexham AFC Makaton status, we have 4 children who attend most games and are all non verbal, so to learn makaton symbols and status's plus hopefully get the club makaton status at the same time, would be absolutely fantastic.
Even if my efforts helped only one child it would be very worthwhile, and yet we now do have a few children who would benefit from this status.
I have already purchased makaton books that will be available in our sensory room. Hopefully this gives you a latest insight into what I’m helping Wrexham AFC to lead from an inclusivity perspective in my DLO role at the club.