At a recent meeting of Chester FC's disabled supporters it was voted unanimously that the Disabled Blues should be renamed the Inclusive Blues.
It was felt that the new identity better reflects the aim of the group which is to offer disabled people inclusion in all matters relating to the football club.
This is something that is very close to the heart of Chester FC - not only due to its strong community focus but because one of the founding directors, Richard Wightman, was a wheelchair user. Already there is an inclusive philosophy in evidence with disabled people being encouraged to get involved and make a contribution to the club's success. Examples of this are the lady who has undertaken voluntary work in the office and the player from Chester's disabled football team who is also an integral part of the youth team coaching staff.
There is much more to be done however with disabled fans encountering many frustrations. This is especially the case on Match Days due to the neglect of the stadium by the latter owners of the now defunct Chester City. Blind people no longer have access to an audio commentary while wheelchair users find their view of the pitch blocked by the dugout roofs and managers/coaches standing in their technical areas (see photo). The Inclusive Blues are working with the Directors of the club to resolve these issues.
In addition, social events are on the agenda. In recent months the group has enjoyed the company at their get togethers of Blue's manager Neil Young, captain George Horan and midfield maestro Ashley Williams. Even more exciting social activities are under consideration - watch this space!
Meanwhile, in future, we have a mandate to oversee and advise on all building developments that Chester FC undertake to ensure they meet the needs of all concerned.
The Inclusive Blues are still at quite a formative stage in their development therefore we invite anyone with an interest in disability issues (physical and learning) to get involved in shaping the group by attending our next meeting @ 7pm on 22nd June in the Blues Bar.
The more people who get involved with the Inclusive Blues, the more influence disabled fans can have on the direction of the club. To get in touch please e-mail email@example.com