Chester FC are delighted to announce that the Club has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Cable and Wireless Worldwide Foundation that will enable us to run a live commentary service for supporters with visual impairments at home (and possibly even away) matches.
Supporters will be able to receive the commentary through a headset anywhere in the ground. And it also works for those with hearing aids with the use of a loop system. The service was launched at the home match versus Colwyn Bay.
Dave Williams of the Inclusive Blues Group said, "We are really grateful to Cable and Wireless Worldwide as this is a great step forward for us as we strive to be a really inclusive club. We know that we have a number of supporters with visual impairments.
Some attend matches but their enjoyment is lessened by not being able to see everything on the pitch. Others have stopped attending games and we hope that this will mean they will now return. We will also be reaching out to organisations in the area that work with blind and visually impaired people to encourage them to get down to the Exacta too."
Chester FC were one of twelve successful bidders to the fund out of over 300 applications. The Foundation stipulated that grants should be focussed on people with people with disabilities and be related to communications.
The Club won £4,500 and has been supplied with equipment by Access Audio who supply most Premier and Football League Clubs who have such a service. The system will also enable us to provide facilities for those with hearing impairments at meetings and events.