Newport County AFC’s Disability Policy covers the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005 (DDA).
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a person with disabilities as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Newport County AFC welcomes supporters with disabilities to Rodney Parade. The Club actively seeks to make a visit to Newport County AFC enjoyable for all.
This Policy provides an overview of how disabled supporters can access tickets to Newport County AFC home games, and the facilities available at Rodney Parade.
For further information or to discuss and aspect of Newport County AFC’s provisions for disabled supporters, please call the Disability Officer on 01633 670690. These guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here Disabled Supporters Guide.
FREE ASSISTANT/CARER TICKETS
Where a disabled supporter would find it unreasonably difficult or impossible to access the Stadium and the services offered, the Club will allow the supporter to bring an assistant/carer free of charge if ‘proof of disability’ documentation is provided. This applies to supporters with all types of disability including mobility issues, visual impairments, ambulant disabilities or learning difficulties. The assistant/carer should be capable of supporting the disabled person’s needs in the event of an emergency.
Proof of disability documentation includes:
- Proof of entitlement to the middle or higher rate of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Proof of entitlement to the standard or enhanced rate of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- A personal letter from your GP or care worker
- A copy of registration documents which certify Registered Blind or Registered Partially Sighted status, or qualifying documentation from a registered optician equivalent to registration requirements
In the case of the above, the award may be for life or for a fixed period. Accordingly, it would be reasonable for the Club to check periodically (e.g. annually), whether a disabled person remains eligible, although where the award is made for life, the Club’s system will record this so to avoid the need for periodic checks of eligibility.
Please note that a Blue Badge is not sufficient proof of disability.
FACILITIES FOR SUPPORTERS USING WHEELCHAIRS
There are up to 10 wheelchair places for home supporters and 5 places for away supporters, each with an assistant/carer if required.
Disabled supporters using the wheelchair places will be charged the standard ticket price based on their age category. The Club’s Health and Safety policy requires that disabled people who attend in a wheelchair remain in their wheelchair during the game.
FACILITIES FOR SUPPORTERS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS
Visually impaired supporters can be accommodated in any part of the stadium, and will be charged the standard ticket price based on their age category, each with an assistant/carer if required.
Guide dogs are permitted within the stadium, however, we recommend that supporters with guide dogs contact the Disability Officer on 01633 670690 before the match so that we can discuss with them access to the ground, facilities inside the ground and the welfare of the guide dog before, during and after the match.
FACILITIES FOR AMBULANT DISABLED SUPPORTERS
Ambulant disabled supporters include individuals who use wheelchairs for outdoor mobility but are not necessarily confined to their wheelchair, as well as people with walking difficulties and/or physically restricting medical conditions.
Ambulant disabled supporters can be accommodated in any part of the stadium, and will be charged the standard ticket price based on their age category, each with an assistant/carer if required.
FACILITIES FOR SUPPORTERS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Supporters with learning difficulties can be accommodated in any part of the stadium, and will be charged the standard ticket price based on their age category, each with an assistant/carer if required.
HOW TO BOOK MATCH TICKETS
Ticketing information and prices are available online at http://www.newport-county.co.uk/tickets/ticket-prices/
To book please call the Ticket Office on 01633 674963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Club offers 50 disabled parking spaces on site at Rodney Parade.
Disabled season ticket holders can book one of these spaces by registering with the Club at the time of providing proof of disability.
Further space is limited and is offered on the day of the match on a first-come first-served basis to supporters who are in receipt of a valid Blue parking badge. 10% of spaces will be offered to away supporters. Please note that badges will be checked and the badge holder must be with the vehicle.
The DSA website can be found here. Their twitter feed can be found here.