At Saturday’s home fixture against Preston North End, we are celebrating our annual ONEROVERS DAY to promote inclusion, value diversity and end discrimination.
Ahead of the game, the players will wear Kick it Out t-shirts for the warm-up and will wear #ONEROVERS t-shirts to walk out onto the pitch. Escorting them are fans (pictured) – some with long associations with the club – who are representing some of the groups making up our diverse community.
All involved with Rovers have the right to be treated with respect. The club recognises it has an active role to play in ensuring players, officials, staff, fans, customers, members of the community, partners and other stakeholders value and encourage diversity, promote inclusion and end discrimination.
Our community comprises many different people and we want our fans to reflect the community. The club interacts with many diverse groups through social activities, partnerships and projects undertaken by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
Building on our achievement of the EFL Code of Practice Standards for Inclusion and Anti-discrimination, we have continued to progress our message to staff, fans and partners over this past year by:
- Displaying the rainbow flag outside the stadium
- Relocating the Community Trust Family Stand
- Supporting a new Dementia Cafe
- Involving our Club Chaplain on some of our working groups
- Delivering awareness training to over 100 permanent staff and over 450 matchday staff
- Supporting the continued growth of the ‘Rover 60’ monthly lunch club
- Hosting the ‘Big Sing’ which brought together schools from across the Borough
- Supporting the Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service
As part of ONEROVERS DAY, the club is pleased to support the 2017 Level Playing Field Weeks of Action – celebrating the ‘Game Changers’. This annual initiative, now in its 12th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for sports fans with disabilities across England and Wales.
Many of our fans have disabilities, but at Rovers they are fans first and we don’t define people by disability. Today, we are pleased to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.
Over the years, our facilities and services have improved to enable greater access to the game for more people. This year, the relocation of the Family Stand to the lower tier of the Jack Walker Stand has enabled families with a child with a disability to remain together for the match and the added bonus of the accessible GAME Room has enhanced the experience.
This, plus the well-established Sensory Room in the Strikers Family Lounge, make it a great place to come for the whole family. Both facilities have recently introduced a period of ‘quiet time’ for children with autism or who are seriously ill.
For the Weeks of Action campaign, we are joining together with sports clubs, fans and organisations across England and Wales to celebrate the #GameChangers that make a difference for football fans who need additional support and to promote a message of access and inclusion for all.
Join in with our celebrations at Ewood Park this weekend.
YOU ARE ONEROVERS!