03 August 2020
SWDFEF now changing, to come under the control of
Level Playing Field (LPF) with immediate effect
Owing to the continued Covid-19 Pandemic problems, regional LPF Fan Forums across the UK have been put on hold or cancelled. These Forums were a huge part of Liam Bird’s work at LPF, as they provided opportunities for DSAs and fans to come together and talk best practise and also to network. With all this in mind, Liam is looking at creating replacement Forums and town hall meetings online, via Zoom. Unlike regional Forums, these online Forums will be national, and he will adapt them to cover single issue per Forum/town hall. e.g. focus on DSA during COVID.
After discussions, SWDFEF have decided to cancel our 10th Anniversary Forum. It is a sad occasion for both Nick & myself as we had both planned to step down after this Forum, owing to declining health and getting old. Our Forums will now be run and come under the control of Liam Bird (LPF), along with his other Regional Forums. Liam is aware that SWDFEF plans were for Swansea in 2020, Plymouth in 2021 & Torquay in 2022 and he will take this into consideration when he makes his decisions for future Forums, once they can be held safely or until there is a vaccine or cure.
Thanks for all your support over the last 10 years, we will still be around, but have now taken a back seat, after handing over control to Liam Bird.
2019 SWDFEF November Newsletter
The SWDFEF is the South West Disabled Fans' Experience Forum and was created by David Munn (Yeovil Town DSA) and Nick Saunders (Exeter City DSA) in 2010.
For a more in-depth look at the SWDFEF, please read the short article below; there are also newsletters from the organisation above this article.
About the SWDFEF
The objective of the Forum is to provide a medium whereby everyone can exchange views, policies and practices concerning their own clubs and associations. We believe that this will assist all attendees in their efforts to improve their own club’s disabled facilities and standard of customer service given to disabled supporters. The primary result would be to improve the current disabled supporter’s experiences and encourage more disabled people to attend matches. As well as presentations by the various departments of the hosting club, we have presentations from Level Playing Field and The Football League.
The invites for each Forum, which is held at a different south west club in October each year, are sent to Disabled Supporters Associations, Disability Liaison Officers, Health & Safety Officers, Stadium Managers, Community Sports Trusts and also those who may deal with Disability from the following clubs: Bristol City; Bristol Rovers; Cardiff City; Cheltenham Town; Exeter City; Forest Green Rovers; Newport County; Plymouth Argyle; Swansea City; Swindon Town; Torquay United & Yeovil Town
2020 SWDFEF May Newsletter
2020 SWDFEF February Newsletter
2020 SWDFEF August Newsletter