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SDSA: “Disability is not something to be frightened of”

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Southampton’s now annual Accessibility Day took place recently with support from the Fans for Diversity campaign – and was a success once more. 

Southampton Disability Supporters Association (SDSA) hosted the event at St Mary’s Stadium last week, providing disabled and non-disabled fans the opportunity to mix, see the club behind the scenes and meet club ambassadors.

SDSA secretary Paul Lukas said: “These events allow people to come in from the community and mix with disabled people, we are able to speak to young people and show them that disability is not something to be frightened of.

“It’s helped us to become one of the biggest disabled supporters’ groups in the country, so we’re delighted with the impact it’s had.”

Paul said that support from the FSF, Kick It Out and Fans for Diversity was crucial to the success of the event, which is now in its third year.

Saints fans were able to meet club legends such as Lawrie McMenemy, Francis Benali, Rueben Agboola, Manny Andruszweski, Mark Dennis, and Jim Steele

Benali, an ambassador for the SDSA said: “There’s a great connection between the SDSA and the football club. It’s great to get the opportunity to come to St Mary’s when it’s not match-day so the supporters can see the stadium up close.

“For me as a former Saints player and someone who’s an ambassador for the SDSA, it’s great to come down to support and enjoy the day.”

Thanks to Solent Creative for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball