Bray Wanderers have unveiled its “Access Is For All” inclusion programme in conjunction with the Center for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE).
The programme — which will be overseen by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) — aims to support disabled people, including improved access to League of Ireland matches.
Two-time Paralympian and former Boccia World Champion Padraic Moran, who was appointed as the Seagulls’ first-ever Disability Access Officer, said that there would be nothing stopping disabled people from being fully involved with the club.
“I am thrilled to be linking with the club in this way,” he said.
“I understand more than most, the access isues in attending League of Ireland games. My role is to make the Carlisle Grounds all-inclusive, where there will be no barrier to any disabled person wishing to attend and enjoy the matches.”
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As part of the intiative, Bray Wanderers have confirmed that any supporter with a disability will be offered free season tickets, as well as there being an enclosed viewing area, nearby accessible parking, dedicated entrances, accessible toilets, a dedicated accessibility page on the club website, and more.
Club chairman Niall O’Driscoll said that the purpose of the programme would be to ensure that ‘no person be deprived of being involved in the club’s journey’.
“We fully support CAFE aims to help UEFA to deliver increasingly accessible matches; to promote the employment of disabled people at all levels of football and increase disability awareness — using the unique power of football.
“This will empower disabled people to take their rightful place in the world of football — be it as spectators, volunteers, players, coaches, administrators, leaders or decision-makers.
“His [Padraic Moran] unique background, energy and enthusiasm will ensure Bray Wanderers will be in the forefront of this extremely welcome development in Irish club football and more importantly to everyone who visits us here in the Carlisle.“
Bray Wanderers’ next fixture comes this Friday night, when they welcome Limerick to the Carlisle Grounds in the Airtricity League First Division.
Kick-off is set for 19:45, with tickets available here.