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Get to know Rovers fan Katy Bateman

25 March 2022

As part of Rovers' Level Playing Field Week of Action we spoke to fan Katy Bateman about her matchday experiences with the club.

Katy, who has a wheelchair and has autism, has been a life-long Rovers fan and has been a season ticket holder since 2017.

More about what Level Playing Field have to offer: 

The aim of the Week of Action is to showcase the good work being done by club's and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

This year’s theme celebrates the return of fans after stadiums reopened after the suspension of live sport.

To support the campaign, Rovers are getting involved by helping our disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field and understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans.

Who are ‘Level Playing Field’?

Level Playing Field is a sports charity that acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans. 

Membership programme

As a user-led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality drives them to influence long-term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.

The Level Playing Field ‘fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:

  • Weekly ‘matchday’ newsletter with LPF updates.
  • Quarterly ‘fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
  • Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
  • Official membership Certificate.
  • It’s free to become a member.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to independent, expert advice and guidance on access and inclusion issues.
  • Opportunity to feedback on Access and Inclusion through LPF’s annual survey.
  • Opportunity to network with other disabled fans, fan groups and disability/sports organisations.

To become a Level Playing Field member, click here or contact ben@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, working to improve the matchday experience.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives:

  • The Level Playing Field podcast – A monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.
  • Have Your Say – We ask disabled fans for their feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, from their experience at live sports events
  • Talking Sport – During the pandemic we launched the Talking Sport initiative, where fans could chat to a member of the team in a bid to battle loneliness. After great success we’ve continued the initiative and continue to welcome fans to get in touch!

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk

Level Playing Field’s work

Level Playing Field work behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible club shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.

Areas of improvement can be highlighted by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:

  • Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants)
  • Club staff training
  • Expert advice and guidance

If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, follow them on social media.


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