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The Level Playing Field Podcast

Level Playing Field is a UK based sporting disability charity that focuses on improving access and inclusion at all sporting stadia in England and Wales. This new monthly podcast will bring a variety of voices from the sporting community to discuss disability subject matters regarding sport.

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The Fans View - Away Fan Survey Results
 In this month's episode, we speak to 3 fans regarding the results of the Level Playing Field 'Away Fan Survey.' The survey highlighted that the experience for many fans was not fit for purpose. Bolton Wanderers supporters, mum and son Kayleigh & Jack, Grimsby Town supporter, Dean and Spurs supporter James all give their views on the survey and what needs to change to make sure that attending away match days improvise  If you want to keep up to date with all the work Level Playing Field is doing, why not sign up as a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.    
25:34 06/30/2022
Away Fan Survey Results
In this month's episode, we speak about the results of  the 'Away Fan Survey' A survey conducted by Level Playing Field into the away matchday experience for disabled fans, released on May 30th, The survey highlights that the experience for many fans is not fit for purpose. For disabled football fans who travel large distances at considerable cost to attend away match days in England and Wales, a significant number are not getting what they pay for.On the podcast, we have 3 members of staff from Level Playing FieldThe Chair - Tony TaylorChief Executive - Owain DaviesDaniel Townley - Development Officer If you want to keep up to date with all the work Level Playing Field is doing, why not sign up to be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   
32:53 05/30/2022
Disability and Sports Media
In this episode, we are turning our attention to sports media and ask the question, is disability being spoken about in the sporting press at the same level as the other protective characteristics? (Race, sexuality, gender.) or even at all? Is it because there is a lack of disabled sports journalists, or is disabled just not a high priority in sports media?To answer these questions, we have a round table of sports journalists in Nate Williams, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Harry De Cosemo. If you want to keep up to date with all the work Level Playing Field is doing, why not sign up to be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  
44:04 04/25/2022
Blackpool FC - Weeks of Action
It's the last Level Playing Field Weeks of Action special episode, and we are in Blackpool!The Blackpool Community Trust and Blackpool FC invited children from a local school to attend their Weeks of Action match day; for many, this was their first time attending a football game. We spoke to 2 mums of children who were doing just that, stepping into the football unknown! If you want to know more about attending a football game at Blackpool, please click this link. If you want to know more about the Trust's work, please click this link. If you want to keep up to date with all the work Level Playing Field is doing, why not be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  
10:59 03/20/2022
Tranmere Rovers - Weeks of Action
 The Level Playing Field Podcast goes into extra time as we continue this year's Weeks of Action campaign.In this episode, we are at Tranmere Rovers speaking to...  Christine Roberts, Head of  Fan Engagement and Disability Liaison Officer.Andy, the Tranmere Rovers Disabled Supporters Association chair. Aidan, Tranmere and all-round football superfan.If you want to know more about attending a football game at Tranmere Rovers, please click this link. If you want to know more about the Tranmere Rovers  Disabled Supporters Association, please click this link.
18:11 03/18/2022
Swansea City - Weeks of Action
The Level Playing Field Podcast is at the Swansea.com Stadium to highlight Swansea City and the Swans Disabled Supporters Association's work to improve access and inclusion for their disabled supporters at the Welsh club.In this episode, you will hear from Catherine Thomas, head of  Fan Engagement and Disability Liasion Officer. Andrew Brayley, the Swansea Disabled Supporters Association chair, and Natasha, the mother of a young disabled Swansea City supporter.If you want to know more about attending a football game at Swansea City, please click this link. If you want to know more about the Swansea City Disabled Supporters Association, please click this link.The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action campaign runs from February 26th till March 13th. To find out more, please visit the Level Playing Field Website.
18:22 03/13/2022
Aston Villa - Weeks of Action
The Level Playing Field Podcast is at Aston Villa to highlight the club's work to improve access and inclusion for their disabled supporters at the men's and woman's games!  In this episode, you will hear from supporters who attended the Aston Villa Woman's Weeks of Action game before zooming across the city to speak to a couple of Villa fans pre-match and the chair of the Aston Villa  Disabled Supporters Association.  If you want to know more about attending a football game at Villa Park, please click this link.If you would like to watch the Women's team play, please click this link If you want to know more about the Aston Villa Disabled Supporters Association, please click this link. The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action campaign runs from February 26th till March 13th. To find out more, please visit the Level Playing Field Website
17:16 03/10/2022
Crystal Palace - Weeks of Action
 The Level Playing Field Podcast is at Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace to highlight the club's work to improve access and inclusion for their disabled supporters.This episode will hear from Crystal Palace Disability Access Officer and Disability Liaison Officer and the fans themselves.If you want to know more about attending a football game at  Crystal Palace, please click this link.If you want to know more about the Crystal Palace Disabled Supporters Association, please click this link. The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action campaign runs from February 26th till March 13th. To find out more, please visit the Level Playing Field Website
16:30 03/06/2022
The Supporters Take Over!
In this special Level Playing Field Week of Action episode, the supporters take over the presenting role and talk about the purpose of the Weeks of Action campaign and how it can be a helpful tool to drive discussion regarding disability access and inclusion.Your presenters for this episode areAmy Wilson - Everton supporter Jo  McNicol - Tottenham Hotspurs supporterAnthony Joy - Arsenal supporterIf you would like to know more about the supporter's respective Disabled Supporters Associations, please click the links below.Everton DSASpursAbiltyArsenal DSAThe Level Playing Field Weeks of Action campaign runs from February 26th till March 13th. To find out more, please visit the Level Playing Field Website
26:05 03/03/2022
Weeks of Action and the EFL
It's that time of the year again; Level Playing Field Weeks of Action is fast approaching (That will make sense if you are listening to this episode on its release, if your listing to this in the summer, then you've got a little time to wait for the next campaign)The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action campaign kicks off on 26th February till 13th March. Disabled sports fans, sports clubs, Disabled Supporters Associations (DSAs), and other partners across England and Wales will come together to celebrate disability access and inclusion and the immense power that attending live sport can have on a person's well-being.Now that fans are back cheering on their team, Level Playing Field want to celebrate how crucial it is for all fans to have this opportunity no matter their disability and what clubs do to deliver this.For the next few weeks, we will be releasing multiple podcast episodes to showcase the work that clubs across England and Wales are doing to celebrate this year's campaign and kick us off this series of episodes; we have the EFL's head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, David McArdle.You can follow what sporting clubs up and down England and Wales are doing by following Level Playing Field social media channels If you are already actively involved in this years campaign, don't forget to tag in LPF and use the hashtag #ForDisabledSportsFans.
23:15 02/25/2022
History In The Making: Altrincham vs Wrexham AFC
It's December 27th 2021, and The Level Playing Field presenter and Fan's Liaison Officer Liam Bird has travelled to Greater Manchester to Altrincham to witness Audio Descriptive Commentary history! This will be the first time in England or Wales that a visiting team (in this case Wexham AFC) would provide its own Audio Descriptive Commentary (ADC) service to a home club as well as its travelling fans.  In this episode, Liam speaks to...Steve Gilbert: Chair of the Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association (DSA)Brian Flynn: Altrincham's Press and Media OfficerAlan Fox and  Alex Carter:  AFC Wrexham Audio Descriptive Commentary teamNeil and Lora Fachie: Paralympic Gold winning couple and Altrincham supporters benefited from the service provided for today's matchday.Level Playing Field would like to thank Wrexham  Disabled Supporters Association for informing the charity of this event. A special thank you to the staff of Altrincham for hosting us and letting us record audio on the match day.   If you would like to know more about Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association's work, please click this link.
37:34 01/21/2022
Matchday Stewards
Episode 14 is the last of the year, and in this episode, we will be focusing our time on the people in the high vis jackets—The Stewards.The matchday steward plays a considerable part in all supporters matchday experience. Still, for some, their ability or sometimes inability to understand a person's additional requirements can be THE deciding factor regarding a positive or negative game day.Our guests for this episode are Level Playing Field Development Officer - Daniel TownleyDisability Steward at Cardiff City Football Club - Rachel CreekTottenham Hotspurs supporter and member of SpursAbilty - James Horsley. You can find out more about SpursAbility via this link.And farther and son Bolton Wander's fans and Level Playing Field ambassadors- Morgan and Stephen.  If you want to keep up to date with all the work Level Playing Field is doing, why not sign up to be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 
36:10 12/23/2021
Who are Level Playing Field and what do you do?
 In episode 13 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast,' we turn our attention inwards!The Level Playing Field team answers your questions.Questions such as... How are Level Playing Field funded?Is it a mandate that all stewards be trained in disability?And, what is Level Playing Field doing to make attaining match day tickets more accessible?If you would like to keep up to date with all the work that Level Playing Field is doing, why not sign up to be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 
37:34 11/26/2021
Matchday Travel
In episode 12 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast,' we turn our attention to Travel. Disabled people travel up to a third less than non-disabled people, according to disability charity Scope. This has an impact on access to social activities like attending live sporting events. In Greater Manchester, Less than 60% of train stations have step-free access. We speak to Manchester United supporter and Accessibility rights campaigner Nathaniel Yates who is trying to change that one step-free access at a time. You can sign Nathaniel petition via this link. From train to buses, we also speak with Richard Field, the Vice Chairman of the Jumbulance Trust.  Lastly, we talk to Jo and Jeff Newall, who have travelled up and down the country watching their beloved Mk Dons. They are both joined by former Disability Access Officer for Swansea's City and Swans super fan Mark Phillips to give an insight into the problems clubs can have trying to source accessible Travel for their disabled supporters.  If you would like to keep up to date with all the work that Level Playing Field are doing, why not sign up to be a free member via this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.   Nathaniel  and  Andy Burnham video JumbulanceSCOPE Transport for disabled people
39:49 10/27/2021
Peek behind the curtain. What have clubs done to get fans back inside stadia?
Episode 11 of ‘The Level Playing Field Podcast' focuses on what went on behind the scenes at football clubs in England to welcome back supporters at the start of a chaotic season due to COVID.Level Playing Field Fans Liaison Officer, Liam Bird, sat down with Rachel Brophy, the Disability Liaison Officer at Middlesbrough Football Club, and Luke Cassidy, the Disability Liaison Officer at Port Vale. If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go to rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast. 
21:47 09/24/2021
Looking back at the Euro 2020 final.
Welcome to Episode 10 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast' In this episode, we look back to the distressing scenes witnessed and experienced by disabled supporters who attended the Euro 2020 final on the 11th of July at Wembley Stadium.  Our guests on this month's episode are: Graham and Tim Hiley. Both attended the game.Tony Taylor, Chair of Level Playing FieldNick Glynn Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundation. Specialising in Policing and Justice (Nick spent 30 years in the police force) If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go to rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast.All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.  Metropolitan Police statement The F.A statementUEFA statement
49:00 08/27/2021
Episode 9: Looking away from Football!
Welcome to Episode 9 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'Seeing as football is not coming home, we thought we would focus our attention away from football.  Our guests on this month’s episode are: Team Brit Racing Driver, Andy Tucker. Globetrotting Cricket superfan, Anthony Joy Community Integrated Care's 'Director of Partnerships and Communities', John HughesIf you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go to rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast.All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.  Team Brit Community Integrated Care 
39:52 07/25/2021
Episode 8: Disability Abuse
Welcome to Episode 8 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'In this episode, we focus on the very real, sometimes challenging and almost always a personal subject matter of disability abuse. Our guests on this month’s episode are The Baroness Tanni Gray-ThompsonSwansea City supporters Diane and CallumPC Stewart Bladen and PC Stuart Ward from the West Midlands Police Force Football UnitIf you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go to rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.   What is disability hate crime? https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/hate-crime/disability-hate-crime/ How to report disability hate crime https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/hate-crime/ Online disability hate crimes soar 33% - https://www.leonardcheshire.org/about-us/our-news/press-releases/online-disability-hate-crimes-soar-33 Over 7,300 disability hate crimes were reported to the police across England and Wales in 2019/20, yet only 1 in 62 cases actually received a charge. - https://www.leonardcheshire.org/about-us/our-news/press-releases/reports-violent-disability-hate-crime-continue-rise-number-police 
47:42 06/18/2021
Episode 7: Disability Language
Welcome to Episode 7 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'In this episode, we bring you a round table discussion on the sometimes contentious subject matter of disability language and how it's used.On the virtual round table, we have:Nicky Baker -  Level Playing Field Warren Kirwan - Scope  Izi Robins - Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)Stephen Miller - Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association's (NUDSA)If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.    Scope: Feeling Awkward Leonard Cheshire: Words Hurt
37:28 05/21/2021
Episode 6: Fan round table - COVID passports & what the return of fans might look like
Welcome to Episode 6 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'In this episode, we bring you a round table discussion between several football fans to discuss the possibility of COVID Passports/Certificate and what the return of fans might look like. We also turn our attention to this month's actions from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to originally exclude and then strongly advise Clinically Extreamley Vulnerable people not to attend any government-led events research programs. On the virtual round table areMark Davis, the Chair of the Fulham Disabled Supporters Association ChairPeter Lerner, member of the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters TrustAmy Wilson, who is the Fans Liaison, Access and Administration Officer| Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)Alan Colley, a committee member at Leeds United Disabled Organisation, also know as LUDO.Kristine Green, who is the Supporters Liaison Officer (SLO) at Grimsby Town as well as the chair of Grimsby Town Supporters Trust -  Mariners TrustIf you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go rate and review on apple podcasts; it helps more people find the podcast. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.    Level Playing Field is very disappointed that ‘vulnerable’ people are once again exclude from attending live sport.Level Playing Field response to World Snooker Championship excluding ‘vulnerable’ people from attending
39:24 04/23/2021
Episode 5: The View From Non Disabled Supporters
 Welcome to Episode 5 of 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'In this episode, we turn our attention to the viewpoint of non disabled supporters.To be exact, how non-disabled supporters' trusts can support better access and inclusion for disabled supporters fans and how disability is viewed by clubs and non-disabled supporters. Our guests for this month's podcast are Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust board members Lindsay Knott and Paul Severn, and the creator of the Fan Engagement Index and the Fan Engagement Podcast, Kevin Rye .If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go rate and review on apple podcasts, it helps more people find the podcast. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.    Kevin Rye TwitterNFST TwitterIriss Digital inclusion, exclusion report
34:51 03/26/2021
Episode 4: Weeks of Action
Welcome to Episode 4 of the new monthly 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'.In this episode, we turn our attention inwards, because this month sees the start of Level Playing Field's 'Weeks of Action'.You can be part of this year's celebrations from your home! We are asking all supporters to take a selfie of themselves in their team colours and to let us know, via social media, what you are missing about attending live sport. Simple! Dont forget to use #AccsessForAll and tag in Level Playing Field into your image. Our guests for this month's podcast are Middlesbrough supporter, Owen Swift, Tottenham Hotspurs DSA Chair, Jo McNicol, Former Minister for Sport and Member of Parliament for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch, Wolverhampton Wanderers Disability Access Officer, Laura Wright and Notts County's Commercial and Fan Engagement Executive, Alice Kelk. If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go rate and review on apple podcasts, it helps more people find the podcast. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.   Spurs DSAMiddlesbrough DSA
40:46 02/19/2021
Episode 3: Disability Stigma
Welcome to Episode 3 of the new monthly 'The Level Playing Field Podcast'.In this episode, we turn our attention to the stigma attached to disabled sports fans attending live events as well as the stigma surrounding disability in general.In this month's episode, our guests are Paul Glover, Disability Development Manager at the Albion Foundation, Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Anne Hyde, Chairperson of Arsenal Disabled Supporters Association and Nicky Baker, Disability Access Officer at Level Playing Field.If you would like to know more about Level Playing Field's work, please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please also go rate and review on apple podcasts, it helps more people find the podcast.All links referenced in the podcast can be found below.   The Albion Foundation Arsenal Disabled Supporters AssociationRNIB
34:17 01/22/2021
Episode 2: The Return Of Fans To Stadia
Welcome to the new monthly 'The Level Playing Field Podcast.' In episode 2, we focus on the return of fans to stadia,   We speak to Rick Riding an inspector for the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) who have been working with the UK Government's to bring about guidance and guidelines for sporting clubs in England to open up to fans. Rick talks to us about the work that has been happing behind the scenes as well as what guidance has been given regarding disabled supporters. The Fans Liaison Officer heads over to Norwich City where he witnessed what the return of fans looks like as he speaks to the 'Head of Operations & Projects' at Norwich City, Greg Pillinger about what fans can expect and a few hours before kick-off, Liam sits down with two disabled supporters about their thoughts of returning to Carrow Road.  If you would like to know more about the work that Level Playing Field are doing, then please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  All links referenced in the podcast can be found below. SG02: Planning for Social Distancing at Sports GroundsFan Guide: Information for fans returning to Carrow Road
38:56 12/18/2020
Episode 1: COVID And Its Impact On Football And It's Fans
Welcome to the new monthly 'The Level Playing Field Podcast.'In episode 1, we focus on the subject matter of the COVID Pandemic and how it has affected the sporting community on and off the field.We speak to Dave Messenger, who is the Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer at Watford Football Club about the work the club has been doing to support disabled people and the broader community during this period of isolation. Hayley Jarvis is Head of Physical Activity at the mental health charity MIND. We discuss how the suspension of attending live sport might have impacted our mental health and how we can all support each other during lockdown two and moving forward. Finely, we speak to the Chair of Luton Town Disabled Supporter Association (DSA) Richard Hill and Vice-Chair of Charlton Athletic DSA, Tony Farrell about the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on them, their respective DSA and football as a whole. If you would like to know more about the work that Level Playing Field are doing, then please click this link. You can also follow the charity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All links referenced in the podcast can be found below. Level Playing Field COVID Fan SurveyEFL & MIND: Have Your Mate's Back ProjectMIND, Mental Health Emergency Report Hornets At HomeCharlton Athletic Existence "Under ThreatLuton Town Fight For The Future
37:28 11/20/2020
Preview episode
Welcome to this preview episode of the new Level Playing Field podcast. This monthly podcast will bring a variety of voices from all over the sporting community to discuss disability subject matters regarding sport in England and Wales. In this preview episode, we feature Level Playing Field Chairperson, Tony Taylor, Chief Executive, Owain Davies and Fans Liaison Officer, Liam Bird.  All three will discuss why the organisation has decided to create a new podcast and what you, the listener, can expect to come over the coming months. If you would like to submit a subject matter that you would like the podcast to feature, then please email liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk.
09:52 11/11/2020