Huddersfield launches scheme to help fans with hidden disabilities

English Championship football club Huddersfield Town has announced details of a new scheme that will support fans with hidden disabilities on match days at John Smith’s Stadium.

The club is not widely publicising specific details of the scheme, but it is hoped the initiative will help supporters with hidden disabilities to easily identify themselves to club and stadium staff without being required to explain their disability.

Huddersfield said the scheme will provide a more enjoyable match-day experience for fans with Crohn’s disease, autism or other hidden disabilities. Supporters who would benefit from the scheme will be given something to show to stadium staff if needed.

Robyn Kennerdale, Huddersfield’s supporter services manager, said: “As a club we are constantly working to improve the experience for our disabled supporters, and we are committed to promoting inclusion and accessibility.

“After seeing similar schemes in action at other venues, and liaising with our Disabled Supporters Club, we hope adopting our own scheme will support those who need it.”

The scheme will be in place for Huddersfield’s home match against Sheffield Wednesday on September 15. Disabled season card holders will be contacted directly about the scheme in the coming weeks.

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