We’re thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with York City FC, marking a significant step towards promoting accessibility and inclusivity in sports. On Saturday, September 9th, during the Vanarama National League fixture against Boreham Wood, we’ll be embedding inclusion resources for individuals with learning disabilities and complex care needs.

This fixture serves as an initial trial, with our collective goal to make it a resounding success, enabling us to extend these measures to all future home fixtures. Our aim is to create a warm and supportive environment where every fan feels welcome, ensuring that everyone can relish the excitement of sports and fully participate in the community.

York City FC has demonstrated its unwavering commitment by designating a section of the stadium with quieter seating options for those with sensory needs. Additionally, they will provide complimentary ear defenders upon request, that we have provided to the club, to assist individuals who may experience sensory overload during the game.

Recognising the diverse requirements of our fans, the club is implementing various measures to enhance accessibility throughout the match. These include an adapted match day program, streamlined accessibility entrances with dedicated club volunteers to assist with on-the-day needs, a ‘safe exit’ and ‘quiet room’ plan for supporters who may feel overwhelmed, and pre-match guidance content to help fans familiarise themselves with the stadium and its facilities.

“We are passionate about enabling individuals to lead independent and empowered lives,” says Paul McCay, CEO of The Wilf Ward Family Trust. “Every person should have the opportunity to enjoy sports and feel a part of the community. Together with York City FC, we are taking significant strides towards creating an environment that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusivity.”

Steve Dorey, Development Officer at York City FC, expresses his enthusiasm, stating, “This marks the beginning of an incredible journey for our club as we strive to make our stadium accessible for all fans. By working closely with The Wilf Ward Family Trust, we are excited to embark on a path that will lead to a more inclusive and vibrant sporting community.”

To secure seats for the match, please book via the Ticket Office website. Carers are eligible for a free ticket, which can be booked by phone or in person with the Ticket Office. If you require an accessible space for a wheelchair, mobility scooter, or similar, please contact the Ticket Office for assistance on 01904 942232 or email – tickets@yorksmc.co.uk

Supporters wishing to receive ear defenders are requested to complete a short form after securing their tickets to ensure an adequate supply on the day.

To discuss this initiative further, please contact Steve Dorey, Development Officer, York City FC, either by phone at 01904 624447 or via email at steve.dorey@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk.

Join us for this match as we celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and the joy of sports, paving the way for a future where sport knows no boundaries.