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Players to wear T-shirts to support vital campaign

Doncaster is our designated Level Playing Field match

24 February 2022

Dons first-teamers will spread an important message on Saturday as The Club supports Level Playing Field’s ‘Week of Action’ campaign.

Our players will wear warm-up T-shirts and coaching staff will sport LPF badges for the Doncaster game, which is our designated annual match to support this great cause.

AFC Wimbledon are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Week of Action’ campaign from Saturday 26 February to Sunday 13 March, which aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

Our game versus Doncaster is also a pivotal match for us as will be launching a brand new app to support fans with additional needs. See our previous article in case you missed this.

This year’s Level Playing Field theme celebrates the return of fans after stadiums reopened following a season of behind-closed-doors football due to Covid-19.

Who are ‘Level Playing Field’?

Level Playing Field are a sports charity that act as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans. The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:

Membership programme

As a user led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality really drives them to influence long term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.

The Level Playing Field ‘fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:

  • Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter with general LPF updates.
  • Quarterly ‘fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
  • Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
  • Official membership certificate.
  • It’s free to become a member.

To become a Level Playing Field member, visit the website or contact ben@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, working to improve the matchday experience.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives include:

  • The Level Playing Field podcast – A monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.
  • Have Your Say – Asking disabled fans for their feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, from their experience at live sports events
  • Talking Sport – During the pandemic LPF launched the Talking Sport initiative, where fans could chat to a member of the team in a bid to battle loneliness. 

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk .

Level Playing Field’s work

Level Playing Field work behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible club shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.

Areas of improvement can be highlight by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:

  • Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants)
  • Club staff training
  • Expert advice and guidance

If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, you can also follow LPF on Twitter .


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