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Lincoln City are proud to support the #EFLDayOfDisabilities

3 December 2019

The club always strive to improve the matchday experience, as an inclusive football club we will endeavour to do all we can to ensure that watching games is something which is as accessible as possible for everyone.

Over the past 12 months improvements have been implemented right across the club, from the introduction of the PECS scheme, (Picture Exchange Communication System) to assist people who are unable to communicate through speech to having a dedicated Disabled Supporter Liaison Officer. 

On matchdays, fans will be able to speak to our dedicated team of Supporter Liaison Officers who as part of their team also have a dedicated Disability Liaison Officer (DLO), at the stadium for every home fixture, who can all assist with any questions supporters may have when visiting Sincil Bank.

Heidi (our DLO) can be contacted on twitter @TheRedImpsDLO or via email dlo@theredimps.com

But also, the Football Club has also welcomed some of our next generation of supporters to Sincil Bank over recent months, with Oscar scoring a goal at Sincil Bank being a particular highlight.

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Oscar is a happy, cheeky, gorgeous 3-year-old and although he can’t sit, walk, talk, eat or do any of the other things a neuro typical three-year-old can do, he knows who he knows, makes his views known and has a strong personality. He is happiest when around family and at Sincil Bank! Football is his love and being at Lincoln City makes him happy. 

Oscar's Dad had some leg braces made to help Oscar kick a ball, and a dream of Oscar's was to score at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln City Foundation have community football sessions every Wednesday (1-2pm) which is open to anyone who has a disability or mental health problem. This session is well attended and gives participants the chance to play football in a safe and inclusive environment at Sincil Bank Stadium. This session has grown over the years and we are really proud to be able to offer this session to our community.

“This session is great for me as it gives me the opportunity to leave Francis Willis and have a kick around.” Said one participant in the session. 

“It’s great that both men and women can join in the session and they still pass me the ball.”

“I have been coming since October 2018 and it has helped me make new friendships and increase my confidence”

In March 2020 there is also an exciting Autism project launching which will look to help those with autism accessing football at Sincil Bank. More details on this will be announced in due course. 

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Ahead of our trip to Peterborough United in League One back in October, Cherry Transport provided free accessible transport for supporters to head down to the game against The Posh.

It’s the second time in the calendar year that the local company have provided the adapted transport for Imps’ fans to get to away games and see and cheer for their team on the pitch.

 


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