A County supporter for over 40 years, Paul Olander was a key member of the Club’s Supporter Away Days driving the minibus to allow fans an affordable way of travelling to away games.
Following a stroke three years ago, Paul stopped attending home games as it had become difficult to get out and do what he used to love doing.
Paul’s wife Tina (also a County fan) explained that following a meeting with a Community Connector from Newport City Council they were introduced to the Club’s DSA.
“A meeting was set [with the DSA] and we discussed our reservations,” said Tina. “[We were] reassured that we could be supported; they even took us on a brief tour of the ground to see the facilities and so a support plan was put in place.
“The first game we came back to was the Yeovil Town game and did not miss a home game for the conclusion of the season and were proud to be able to witness the historical great escape. This would not have been possible without the support from the DSA and we would urge anyone in a similar situation to reach out to them or a Community Connector.
“As season ticket holders for this season we hope to see you there alongside us supporting the County.”
Following the Club’s new branding, the DSA have decided to follow suit and rebrand their own logo to reflect the Club’s One Club One County theme.
DSA Chairman Colin Faulkner said: “We have incorporated the club branding #OneClubOneCounty as we feel that it correctly acknowledges all supporters including those with disability are equally important to the club and its success. The logo includes recognised and approved icons for a range of disability, both visible and invisible whilst retaining the club colours and outer areas of the club crest.”