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AccessKent 2024

Thu 27 Jun 2024

18:00

Kent Cricket warmly invites all cricket fans with any access requirements to an opportunity to engage in an open conversation about the potential value and interest in launching a community-driven Disability Supporters Group (DSG).

The forum represents an opportunity for members, ticket purchasers and fans (as well as companions, carers, partners or parents) to have their voices heard and to bring a community wide view of access related needs to Kent Cricket.

This initial forum will be online and to register your interest, please contact equality@kentcricket.co.uk for a link to the meeting by Wednesday 26 June.

Kent’s EDI Advisor, Susan Rooney, said: “Here at Kent Cricket we’re committed to making the game welcoming and inclusive for everyone.

“We have some excellent cricket programmes for adults and children with access needs, and have made some solid improvements in accessibility at the Spitfire Grounds in the last few years but we know there is always more to do.

“We believe that attending and engaging in live sporting events has such a positive impact and we want to help ensure any supporters with any form of access needs, disability or impairment can get the greatest enjoyment from being part of our Club.”

The forum will be led by a cricket fan who is also involved in a football DSA (Disability Supporters Association), joined by a representative from Level Playing Field (a sports advocacy charity). Level Playing Field has played a role in establishing over 40 DSAs across England and Wales. While a member of Kent County Cricket Club will be in attendance, a DSA is designed to be independent of the Club and run by its own community.

Previous experience of DSAs suggest they are a great opportunity for fans to engage socially and to help provide guidance and feedback to the Club on access related queries and concerns. One of the most common reasons people with disabilities don’t attend games is the lack of information available in advance, and this group can be a voice to help share that information to people new to their condition or new to cricket.

We hope you’re interested in hearing more about the DSG, and what Kent Cricket has been doing to improve accessibility do register for our on-line forum on Thursday 27 June at 6:00pm. Please contact equality@kentcricket.co.uk for a link to the meeting by Wednesday 26 June.

If you are unable to attend this session, would prefer to attend a future forum in person or are happy to indicate an interest in being part of a Kent Cricket DSG please let us know at equality@kentcricket.co.uk.

If you want to learn more about Kent County Cricket’s accessible cricket programmes, please contact us at Disability Cricket.