At Saturday’s home fixture against Northampton Town, 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 will be fans – 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 continue to promote our message to all involved with Blackburn Rovers by:
· Displaying the rainbow flag outside the stadium
· Supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign
· Ensuring our relocated Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand, which is accessible to wheelchair fans, continues to be inclusive in its activities
· Supporting our new Dementia Café for veterans and their families
· Involving our Club Chaplain on some of our working groups
· Delivering awareness training to over 200 permanent staff, parents and young people and over 450 matchday staff
· Supporting the continued popularity and growth of the ‘Rover 60’ monthly lunch club for people to eat together rather than alone or not at all
· Hosting The Big Celebration and Winter Wonderland events, which brought together schools and members of the local community
· Supporting the Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service
· Providing headsets for fans who are blind/partially-sighted to enable them to listen to match commentary and enhance their Ewood experience
· Increased involvement and success of Blackburn Rovers Ladies football team.
Many of our fans have disabilities, but at Rovers they are fans first and we don’t define people by disability.
Many have been coming for years and years and we are welcoming new fans each season.
We thank them for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.
In March, the club will once again support the 2018 Level Playing Field Weeks of Action to celebrate access and inclusion for fans with disabilities attending a match.
Over the years, our facilities and services have improved to enable greater access to the game for more people. 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.
As well as children, it has provided the opportunity for parents and grandparents who may be wheelchair users to be located with family and friends.
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.
Join in with our celebrations at Ewood Park this weekend.
YOU ARE ONEROVERS!