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Bristol Sport Foundation leads inclusive charge at Ashton Gate

Ambassadors and friends of the Bristol Sport Foundation celebrated 12 months of hard work and development on a new inclusive initiative at Ashton Gate Stadium, during Bristol City’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham last week.

The initiative, driven and supported by the stadium itself, has seen Bristol Sport Foundation develop relationships and friendships with service users and inclusion experts to speak on behalf of fans and visitors challenged by physical disability, autism, learning difficulties, sensory impairments and dementia.

Special guests of the stadium, as well as representatives from the inclusive community - both fans and professionals - have worked tirelessly to review the entire Ashton Gate experience - from access and consumer process, through to viewing platforms and buying your favourite pasty. 

Reports and reviews compiled by the year-long process will inform a proposal of modifications to improve both the physical and sensory experience of any visit to Ashton Gate Stadium - and none more so than Bristol City and Bristol Rugby match days.

“Ashton Gate and Bristol Sport Foundation are wholeheartedly committed to the long-term vision to develop Ashton Gate into the most accessible stadium in the country.”

Ben Breeze, Bristol Sport Foundation CCO

“Ashton Gate and Bristol Sport Foundation are wholeheartedly committed to the long-term vision to develop Ashton Gate into the most accessible stadium in the country,” said Bristol Sport Foundation's chief community officer, Ben Breeze.

“Enjoying the game against Fulham alongside individuals from across Bristol with a wide range of additional needs was an absolute pleasure, and a real reminder of what sport is all about - being together, working together and enjoying together.”

“We’re delighted to work alongside Bristol Sport Foundation to develop Ashton Gate into the most accessible stadium in the country,” said Ashton Gate managing director, Mark Kelly.

“We will continue to work closely with the charity to make modifications that enhance the match day experience for everyone.”

For more information on inclusive developments and provision at Bristol Sport Foundation contact Kris Tavender (ktavender@bristolrugby.co.uk).

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