People with disabilities
Lewes FC would like to extend a very warm Rooks welcome to our fans with disabilities or impairments, and make sure that our matchdays are positive experiences for all.
Please know that any fan with a disability who needs a carer to enjoy a match can have a free ticket/Guest List entry for their carer/personal assistant. Simply contact Maggie@lewesfc.com for women’s matchday tickets, and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for men’s.
There is a dedicated accessible parking bay for fans in the car park adjacent to The Dripping Pan. The space has a dropped kerb and is situated right next to the main doors to the Pan. (Note: please do not use this space if you do not have a disability. It may appear free but that may be because a fan with a disability is arriving for half-time, or for the last part of the match, so we need it to be available for its intended users.)
There is double doors access into the ground where required and our stewards will be delighted to open these doors for you.
There is a toilet for people with disabilities at the top of the stand to the right after you come in through the main turnstile.
There are viewing areas prioritised for fans with disabilities just to left of the main turnstile entrance as you come in and a further three bays at the top of the main covered stand on the right hand side of the stadium, which can be accessed via the big iron gates. We ask that fans without disabilities are fully aware that these bays are for the priority use of fans with disabilities, and make sure that space is available in these bays for fans with disabilities or impairments should they wish to use it. It is worth noting here that we have fans with invisible disabilities, so please make sure these priority spaces are offered to anyone expressing a need to use them.
There are long ramps available just inside the doors of our Club House – the Rook Inn – should fans with ambulatory issues need them to access the bar area. At the moment the Rook Inn cannot be accessed by a wheelchair user, but the club is looking into the feasibility of installing accessible access at the Ham Lane End to the Mountfield Road bank which would give this accessible access to all areas of the ground.
The security guards at Lewes FC matches are also First Aiders. They can be identified by their bright yellow jackets and the fact that they carry radios. There are also first aiders amongst our club volunteers.
We are currently looking at ways we can improve our matchday experience for fans with disabilities, and would very much appreciate feedback about your afternoon. Please do let us know how it was for you and how we might improve in terms of our communications, welcome and facilities. Email Karen@lewesfc.com.