Disabled sports fans' views in biggest ever survey

Football fans collect their tickets before kick-off Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The government is asking disabled sports fans across the country, including the Midlands, to take part in the biggest ever survey of their experiences as spectators. Its after another survey suggested that around half of Premier League football clubs are operating "discriminatory" season ticket policies.

Research from the charity Level Playing Field, which campaigns for equal access to sports grounds and stadiums, found that "disproportionately small" numbers of Premier League season tickets go to wheelchair users. Other clubs in the survey were found to have complex pre-registration schemes for disabled fans which aren't imposed on other season ticket applicants. Some exclude disabled fans from using online ticketing services.

Ministers say the situation at football grounds is "unacceptable". They're calling on Britain's 12 million people with disabilities to take part in the survey to give a comprehensive view over treatment at sports grounds around the country.

Survey organisers say they're looking for opinions on everything from wheelchair access and disabled parking to accessible toilets, hearing loops and treatment by other supporters at live sporting fixtures. They are keen to hear from fans of all sports - and in particular rugby, cricket, football, hockey, basketball, cycling and motor-racing.