Attenborough Arts centre and the Tigers Family came together to ‘Celebrate Inclusion’ raising awareness and promoting the needs of supporters with physical and hidden disabilities at matchday on Saturday.
More than 18,000 supporters watched Tigers beat Worcester Warriors in the Gallagher Premiership on a day when the club, supporters and other organisations helped to launch a new commitment to ensuring Welford Road continues to be accessible to all.
The day saw Attenborough Arts support Next Door Dance, an accessible dance company from Notthingam, perform 3 times to the crowd, also as part of Future Arts Centres celebration of 25 years of the National Lottery.
In a club-wide commitment, staff have been working on measures aimed at helping those with a disability to come forward, and provide the support and information to fans as well as making all supporters aware of the needs of others.
Celebrate Inclusion Day saw Tigers:
- Launch its Sunflower Lanyard Scheme
- Promote awareness of physical and hidden disabilities in stadiums on matchdays
- Identify the club’s fully-trained Inclusive and Accessibility Stewards and staff
Supporters are able to request Sunflower Lanyards, part of a national campaign which allows individuals to identify themselves to staff if they need assistance.
The club store also welcomed supporters who prefer to shop in a quieter, less crowded setting to a dedicated hour on Saturday morning as part of the initiative.
As a club, Tigers appreciate that every fan has different needs and supporters who require assistance in accessing Welford Road are encouraged to get in touch before matchdays to allow staff to help with any specific enquires.