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Football for all with the Dons!

We were joined on Saturday by our friends from the Leyton Road Centre

18 March 2024

Club News

Football for all with the Dons!

We were joined on Saturday by our friends from the Leyton Road Centre

18 March 2024

Despite the result not going our way on Saturday, it was a special occasion for plenty of other reasons.

Top of the list was our support for Level Playing Field's 'Unite for Access' campaign, highlighting awareness of an important cause that promotes football for all.

Jess Barnes, Chair of the AFC Wimbledon Disabled Supporters Association, said: “Our home at Plough Lane gives an opportunity for all to enjoy a game of football no matter what their disabilities are. We offer a changing places toilet to enable appropriate facilities for all, along with seating suitable for ambulant disabilities, as well as wheelchair users. We support Level Playing Field’s Unite for Access campaign as we feel a disability shouldn't be a barrier to an equal match day experience.” 

As a family club at the heart of its community, inclusivity is at the core of our values and we wholeheartedly support the work of Level Playing Field, which works with sports clubs, disabled supporters’ associations, and governing bodies, to achieve this aim.

AFC Wimbledon Women raised awareness of Level Playing Field's campaign at their home game versus Haywards Heath on Wednesday night. 

On Saturday we were also joined by our friends from the Leyton Road Centre, a facility for adults with learning disabilities, and they are pictured above. Take a look at our full gallery of images.

Many of the group have been Dons supporters for a long time, stretching back to Kingsmeadow days, including Wayne Lecky.

And Wayne is counting down the days until his big challenge coming up very soon!

He'll be aiming to score against Ivor 'The Cat' Heller at half-time of the Salford match, with funds raised donated to the Paul Strank Charitable Trust.

Click on the link below to make a contribution.

Support Wayne's Challenge  

Our crowd on Saturday was swelled thanks to the 'Kids For A Quid' promotion, with 8,307 as the overall attendance figure. We also captured our full 'Match Ball Squad', including young Noah who has become a cult hero at Dons matches!

Women and girls attended their first ever football game as part of our annual Women at the Game event, organised by AFC Wimbledon Foundation.

Nicole Jones, Women and Girls Development Officer at our Foundation, said: "We invited participants from our Girls Wildcats programme and their parents to attend their first match. The afternoon was an amazing opportunity to come together and watch a game of football with other women, meet AFC Wimbledon Women's players, and Kevin Foster, plus other inspiring women within the Club. The group were also given a tour of the stadium, including visiting the Club Shop and Fan Zone. It is great that we can provide these kinds of opportunities for women, and I can’t wait to organise more of these events in the future for our participants.”

We’re holding our next meeting of the AFC Wimbledon Disabled Supporters Association on 2 April at 3 pm.

To sign up for this Zoom meeting or for more information, please email dlo@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk 

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images), Euan McGraw, Emily Topping.


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