At Saturday's home fixture with Hull City, we are celebrating our annual #OneRovers Day to promote inclusion, value diversity and end discrimination.
Ahead of the game, the players will wear OneRovers t-shirts for the warm-up and as they walk out onto the pitch they will be escorted by fans who represent 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 the award-winning Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
We continue to promote our message to all involved with Blackburn Rovers by:
- Opening a new prayer room, which is located in the Blackburn End
- Displaying the rainbow flag outside the stadium and supporting Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign
- Ensuring our Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand continues to be inclusive in its activities
- Improving signage for accessible facilities and introducing a new integrated ramp to the raised area in Blues
- Offering a period of quiet time in the Game Room and Sensory Room for fans with autism
- Providing ongoing support to many community groups, including Sliding Doors, the Rover 60 lunch club and Memories & Comrades
- Hosting the first #OneRovers Festival, which fused football with music, arts, food and fashion, and brought together members of the local community
- Providing headsets for fans who are blind/partially-sighted to enable them to listen to match commentary and enhance their Ewood experience
- Supporting the EFL's Day Of Disabilities
- Supporting the Diwali Festival of Light
- Providing new attractions for children, including a thriving Junior Rovers membership club, a cinema night, trips to the training ground and a Christmas Party
- Our inclusive approach helped contribute to winning the EFL Family Club of the Year award last season
- Continuing support for Showing Racism the Red Card and Kick it Out
- Promoting and improving facilities for fans with disabilities including improved signage and a new integrated ramp to the raised area in Blues
- Supporting the Community Trust's Disability Football Team
- Attaining a higher level of Disability Confident Accreditation
- Supporting International Women's Day
- Our support for the club charities reflects our commitment to inclusion
- #OneRovers merchandise available from the Roverstore
- Increased involvement and success of Blackburn Rovers Ladies football team and the Regional Talent Club
Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly said: "The success of the Ladies team is largely down to the ongoing support from Blackburn Rovers.
"The Ladies team is fully embedded into Blackburn Rovers and this last year has seen dual sponsorship for both the men's and women's teams; a new membership scheme for fans; the Rovers Ladies One Club in keeping with the inclusive #OneRovers philosophy, offering the same opportunities to the women's team as the men's and increased social media and marketing.
"Additionally, support is ongoing for the Regional Talent Club in the development facility for girls aged 8-16."
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 2019 Level Playing Field Weeks of Action to celebrate access and inclusion for fans with disabilities attending a match.
Join in with our celebrations at Ewood Park this weekend.
Together, we are #OneRovers!