Dunfermline Athletic

Disabled Information



» The Club operates a concessionary ticketing policy for disabled supporters and will ensure that the scheme does not discriminate between people with different disabilities.



» The Club recognises that some of its facilities are not yet fully accessible to disabled customers and confirms that it is committed to making the necessary reasonable adjustments to ensure full compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and its relevant Codes of Practice.

» The Club has a grievance procedure to ensure that any complaints of discrimination are dealt with quickly.



» The Club has advised its staff that any incident of discrimination will be dealt with under the Club`s Disciplinary Procedures.

» The Club works closely with Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters’ Club (http://dadsc.fife.net/) to ensure that disabled fans enjoy their matchday experience.

» The Club has a dedicated Disability Access Officer to liaise with supporters and other clubs and to help resolve any problems which arise.

Ticketing

Disabled supporters can purchase season tickets, or tickets on a match by match basis, and receive a discount of up to 50% compared to the equivalent standard rate.

There is no limit to the number of tickets available to disabled supporters, although East End Park is only able to accommodate 19 home wheelchair users and 12 away wheelchair users, and therefore tickets for this group of supporters are subject to availability. Where a disabled supporter requires a carer or Personal Assistant, that person will be admitted free of charge.



Proof of disability is required from those supporters wishing to purchase a disabled concession priced ticket. Proof of eligibility for a disabled concession is required for the first ticket purchase per season only although the Club reserves the right to request proof of eligibility at any time. Please note the decision of the Ticket Office Manager is final in assessing eligibility for this concession rate. We welcome dialogue with anyone who is unsure as to eligibility and would ask for this to be done in advance of a game by contacting the Ticket Office.



The Club encourages fans with disabilities to inform them of their personal situations in order to allow them to make the matchday experience as comfortable as possible. Arrangements can also be made for any fan suffering from a temporary disability (e.g. broken leg/ankle) which could affect their ease of access to and from the stadium (subject to availability and sufficient notice).

Wheelchair Users

The club offers a total of 31 wheelchair spaces, all on elevated viewing platforms with an excellent view of the pitch. 12 are in the Norrie McCathie (West) Stand for home supporters, 12 in the East Stand (for away supporters) and 7 in the South-East corner of the Main Stand. Please note that several of these spaces are reserved for season ticket holders, so anyone who does not have a season ticket but who wishes to attend a match should contact the Ticket Office in advance, to ensure a wheelchair space is available.

Ambulant Disabled Supporters

Ambulant disabled supporters can be accommodated within every stand at the Stadium and these places are unlimited. Some specially-adapted seats for ambulant disabled supporters are also available, and the Ticket Office will be pleased to allocate these if requested.

Please note that access to all seats in the Main Stand and the North-West Stand is via stairs.

Accessible Toilets

There are toilets specifically adapted for disabled supporters in both the home and away stands (Norrie McCathie and East Stand) and there is also an accessible toilet for users of the viewing platform at the South-East corner of the Main Stand.

Club stewards regularly check these toilets but supporters are also asked to report any problems with their use to the nearest steward or Match Buddy on the day.

Parking

The Club has 6 dedicated parking spaces for disabled away fans behind the East Stand, available on a first come first served basis. Please enter the Main Carpark via Leys Park Road and follow the stewards` directions.

These spaces are available free of charge.

For home fans, there are 10 dedicated parking spaces for disabled fans behind the West end of the North Stand and these are also accessible from Leys Park Road. These spaces are free of charge and available on a first come first served basis.

Eligibility for disabled parking (eg blue badge) should be visible for inspection. When the marked disabled spaces are full, cars should be parked in accordance with the stewards` instructions.

Hospitality (Purvis Suite)

Pre-match hospitality is provided in the Purvis Suite, which is accessible accessible for wheelchair users via a lift and a stair-lift operated by the Club staff. There is an accessible toilet for users of this suite. Access to the pitchside hospitality boxes and to the Jock Stein Suite is by the same method.

The Purvis Suite opens from 12 noon for 12.30pm start (for evening matches, check the confirmation email)

All tables in the suite are the required height for wheelchair users. Please report to main reception doors to be signed into the Suite. The Club operates a strict dress code within the hospitality areas. Tracksuits and football shirts are not permittedand wearing such items may result in refusal of entry. Smart jeans and smart trainers are permitted. Children under twelve are exempt from the dress code. 
It is recommended you bring a printout of your booking confirmation upon arrival. If you are a season ticket holder, please bring this with you.



To book hospitality, call Margaret on 01383 724295 or book via the club website (under “Hospitality”).

Other Function Suites:
The other function suites at East End Park (Rennie Suite, Legends and Charlie D’s) are only accessible via a flight of stairs, so unfortunately they are currently unsuitable for wheelchair users. Ambulant disabled supporters are welcome, provided they can negotiate the stairs.

Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency, the action to be taken will be given out over the tannoy. Please follow instructions given by stewards in the area.

Away Matches

Wheelchair users intending to travel to away matches should contact the Disability Access Officer on dao@dafc.co.uk. Supporters will then be informed of any ticket and access information the home club has provided to Dunfermline Athletic.

Visually Impaired Supporters

An on-site commentary service is available on request free of charge for Dunfermline Athletic games played at East End Park throughout the season, using recently upgraded “Aural Aide Wide Band Series” equipment provided with the support and assistance of the Rex Blind Parties and Access Audio Ltd.

It is intended primarily for those attending with any form of visual impairment, and use of the service can be arranged on a trial basis if necessary. 

Those participating can sit wherever they wish in the ground, since the range and quality of the equipment is such that the hand-held receivers and earpieces provided should allow clear transmission across the distance required. This means that visiting fans also are welcome to request use of the service, with sufficient notice.



The commentary is provided by David Henderson, the regular match commentator for Pars TV. Arrangements can be made for the delivery and return of equipment for those using the service either regularly, or on an ad hoc basis by approaching David (by no later than an hour before kick-off on match days, please). There are also dedicated seats in the Norrie McCathie (West) Stand for visually impaired supporters who are accompanied by a guide dog. Please contact the Ticket Office or Disability Access Officer in advance to reserve these seats.

Club Shop and Ticket Office


The Club Shop and Ticket Office is situated on Halbeath Road, and access to it is down a short flight of stairs, so anyone requiring assistance should notify a steward, Match Buddy or member of the Club staff. Access for wheelchair users is via a lift from the Main Entrance (one door further east).

Match Buddies

The Club has a volunteer Match Buddy system on matchdays, whereby users of the viewing platforms are helped to buy refreshments, programmes, 50:50 tickets etc, as well as being supplied with special fleece blankets for cold weather. Match Buddies can be identified by their light-blue hi-vis vests.

Disability Access Officer

Dunfermline Athletic has a dedicated Disability Access Officer (DAO), Lynsey Jones who regularly meets with the Club’s staff to deal with any problems and enquiries from fans, as well as liaising with other clubs about arrangements for travelling supporters.

The DAO welcomes all suggestions from individual fans about any issues relating to disability and the matchday experience.

Contact Information


Lynsey Jones
Email: dao@dafc.co.uk
Mobile: 07772 284779

Address:
Disability Access Officer
East End Park
Halbeath Road
Dunfermline
KY12 7RB

Working hours: Monday and Wednesday, (aims to respond to any emails within 24 hours)



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