Sports Grounds Safety Authority Updates Standards for Disabled Access at Sports Grounds

The front cover of the newly launched Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance

The Accessible Stadia Guide, first published 12 years ago by the Football Licensing Authority (predecessor to the SGSA) states the minimum standards for delivering accessible facilities at sports grounds. It sets out good practice to help sports understand their obligations to disabled supporters to make inclusion and accessibility the norm. 

The Supplementary Guidance reflects changes in legislation, societal expectations and improvements in technology. It does not replace Accessible Stadia and should be read alongside it. The supplement includes a legislative update and new guidance on: 

  • Amenity and easy access seating
  • Changing Places toilets
  • Accessible services and removing sensory barriers and,
  • Access audits and plans.

Alan Coppin, SGSA Chair said “Attending sporting activities is an integral part of our culture and tradition and no one should be excluded from experiencing the excitement of a live sporting event. 

“The Accessible Stadia Guide and the new Supplement provide guidance to help new and existing sports grounds remove barriers to access and ensure all spectators can enjoy going to a sports ground in safety and comfort.

“We welcome the news that the Premier League has made a commitment to improve the experience for disabled fans and to meet the standards set out in SGSA’s Accessible Stadia Guide. We hope they will embrace the additional standards in the same way, and we look forward to 2017 when all spectators will have the same opportunity to experience a live Premier League football match.

Joyce Cook OBE, LPF Chair said "We welcome the timely publication of the SGSA's new Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance which will prove an invaluable additional resource to all involved in the design and delivery of accessible and inclusive sports grounds, whether they be new or existing."

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said “I welcome the SGSA's latest guidance on what is expected at sports grounds and clubs to ensure inclusivity. A disability should not be a barrier to attending sporting events but there is still work to be done to improve access and the spectator experience for disabled fans. While there are examples of good practice across sport, I want to see more from clubs and sports venues on inclusion across the board."

Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance can be downloaded from the SGSA website

All SGSA publications, including Accessible Stadia and the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds can be found at www.safetyatsportsgrounds.org.uk/publications