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City, ECDSA, Trust and One Game One Community Group support Level Playing Field ‘weeks of action’ campaign

7 March 2017

Weeks of action campaign takes place from March 4 until March 18

Exeter City Football Club, Exeter City DSA, Exeter City Supporters Trust and the One Game One Community Group fully supports the Level Playing Field ‘weeks of action’ campaign.

The 12th annual Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action started on March 4 and runs until March 18, 2017.
 
LPF’s Weeks of Action were established in 2005 to help highlight the positive initiatives undertaken by clubs, sporting venues and their governing bodies in partnership with disabled sports fans and disabled supporter associations.

LPF are counting on everyone’s continued support this year as everyone celebrate together a message of access and inclusion for all and to Celebrate the ‘Game Changers’
 
In this year’s campaign LPF are celebrating those who go the extra mile to improve access and inclusion for disabled sports fans.

These ‘Game Changers’ make a difference to the lives of disabled people who attend, or would like to attend sporting venues, and we will be using this year’s campaign to promote the people and initiatives that make access and inclusion a reality for disabled sports fans.

Make sure you join LPF in celebrating the #GameChangers this Weeks of Action!

Here at Exeter City we have a very active Disabled Supporters Association as they help and support this club in so many ways and are always very active in raising funds to improve facilities for those with disabilities, so everyone has a safe and enjoyable match day experience when visiting St James Park.

Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association (ECDSA) are our ‘game changers’.

Operations manager Andy Gillard had this to say about ECDSA: “Our Disabled Supporters Association provide the Club with valuable insight and assistance in making St James Park a decent and safe place which is accessible and as comfortable as possible for everyone to visit. One of the longer running Associations around, they’ve become a healthy sized group who not only enjoy the social side of football of course but also keep us on top of the regulations and supportive of all campaigns such as this, raising funds to help too”. 

Since the associations’ setup in 2007 they’ve raised a massive £20,000 and this season they’re celebrating their 10th Anniversary here at the park on Tuesday 18th April.

Their first president, who held the position for 4 years is former City midfielder Bertie Cozic who made 98 appearances for the Grecians between 2006 and 2011, and was part of the team that was promoted to League One in 2009.
 

Bertie’s daughter Lily-Rose has Rett Syndrome, which affects nearly every aspect of a child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat and even breathe easily.

ECDSA wanted to use their anniversary event to raise awareness of the condition and to help raise vital funds for medical research conducted by Reverse Rett.

Nick Saunders, ECDSA chairman said: “We’re always raising funds to help our football club and we wanted to use our anniversary event to give something back and what better way, than supporting our original president who helped our association greatly in the early years and his daughter Lily-Rose who has Rett, so all money raised at our anniversary event will all go to Reverse Rett”.

The event, which is free to attend and kicks-off at 7pm, will consist of a presentation of the achievements of ECDSA, a talk on Rett Syndrome, fun and games with a raffle and auction plus in attendance, past and present city players with a Q&A session.

To register your interest in attending the above event on 18th April, please email: ecfcdsa@gmail.com

For more details on the facilities and football training for those with disabilities through Football in the Community please visit the clubs website or the ECDSA website: http://ecfcdsa.co.uk or email: ecfcdsa@gmail.com or disability@exetercityfc.co.uk.

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