Reading Football Club is pleased to support the 2019 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action, which are running between 2nd and 17th March this year – and that includes plenty of activity at our upcoming game against Wigan Athletic.
There will be a visible presence around the ground on Saturday as our mascots Kingsley and Queensley will be wearing Level Playing Field T-shirts, as will our ball persons team.
And the LPF flag will be waved in our customary pre-match photos with the club captains, officials and mascots.
We are also welcoming hundreds of students and staff from SEN schools that work with the Reading FC Community Trust, who have been invited to the game as our guests.
Coaches from our Community Trust deliver plenty of programmes with their partner schools to make football accessible to everyone, including those with special educational needs, and we are looking forward to seeing them at Madejski Stadium this weekend.
LPF’s Weeks of Action – the initiative now in its 14th year – aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.
Disabled people constitute the largest minority group at around 15% of the population and this number is increasing year on year. Naturally, a large number of disabled people are football fans too and we are pleased to take this opportunity to thank our own disabled fans for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.
But we also appreciate that many disabled people have yet to share the passion and pleasures of being a football fan. Reading FC is pleased to provide a welcoming venue for disabled supporters, along with their families and friends.
We are joining together with sports clubs, fans and organisations across England and Wales who are all #WeeksOfAction2019 and have chosen to share one common message - access and inclusion for all.
Alternatively you may wish to send a message of support to @lpftweets using the hashtag #WeeksOfAction
Craig Peters, who works as Assistant Disability Officer/Activities Coach at Reading FC Community Trust, will be running the Reading Half Marathon this year to raise funds for the Disability programme.
The money that Craig is raising will not only develop the programme at the Community Trust, but will also help make a positive difference getting more people with special needs in the local community, life changing opportunities through sport.
You can make a donation to support Craig’s fundraising by heading to justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-peters29