Wrexham AFC are pleased to announce the opening of the Wrexham AFC Disabled Supporters Association viewing platform prior to the match with FC Halifax Town this coming Saturday.
The platform will be opened by Lord Faulkner of Worcester, who was instrumental in the recent Accessible Sports Grounds Bill, that was spoken at length by Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in the House of Lords, highlighting disabled supporters and their issues at sport grounds.
The Baroness spoke about the situation at Wrexham AFC making reference to the fact that the club hosted the UK’s first autism-friendly football match and admission prices being fixed at the lowest rate for wheelchair fans.
Baroness Grey-Thompson praised season ticket holders for moving their seats to allow wheelchair users to watch the match from the new viewing platforms, and added “This is a club that genuinely cares about its spectators.”
Funding for the viewing platform included Wrexham fans raising about £6,000, mostly from the Supporters Trust’s 150th Anniversary Mosaic, as well as the club donating £3,000 received from FA Community grants.
The 150th Anniversary mosaic will also be unveiled this coming Saturday prior to the game. Fans paid £10 each to have their photo’s and photo’s of loved ones incorporated into the mosaic.
The mosaic is built up of photographs, and it was felt that it would be the perfect way of remembering one of the Football Club’s great characters and Club photographer, Les Evans. Les had been taking photo’s at the Racecourse for over forty years until he passed away in May of this year. The Mosaic has kindly been sponsored by the Leader newspaper.
Fittingly, Les’s family will be unveiling the mosaic prior to the match with FC Halifax Town, this coming Saturday.