Premier League Football Clubs ‘Failing’ Disabled Fans
Premier League football clubs around the UK don’t appear to cater adequately for disabled fans. New research from learning disability charity Mencap reveals that just seven clubs in the league have fully accessible toilets in their stadiums.
The Toilet League Table, as it has been dubbed, ranks the number of Changing Places facilities in stadiums, the date of instalment, if the toilet has been publicly registered, the number of wheelchair seating available and if a club has confirmed plans to install Changing Places toilets by August this year.
A typical Changing Places loo can be installed for £10,000 (which is apparently the equivalent of two hours of Eden Hazard’s weekly salary or 16 and a half Crystal Palace season tickets). These toilets are vital for more than a quarter of a million people with severe disabilities who need more space and equipment than you’d find in a standard disabled facility.
“It’s inexcusable for over half of the Premier League to be without fully accessible toilets for all disabled fans. Nobody wants to leave a game halfway through to go home just to use the toilet. Without a Changing Places facility the only other option is the degrading experience of being changed on what may be a dirty, unhygienic toilet floor,” Mencap activism manager Clare Lucas said.
Each Changing Places toilet comes with a non-slip floor, a waste bin for disposable pads, a central toilet with room on either side, a screen or curtain for privacy and enough space for the disabled person and up to two carers.
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