Morgan Parry, one of Bolton Wanderers’ young fans, has been attending Bolton games - home and away - for 15 years and was recently appointed as an ambassador for Level Playing Field, a charity dedicated to promoting a positive and inclusive experience for disabled sports fans.
Morgan has cerebral palsy, but is able to get to games in his wheelchair and uses a special communications device to plan for games and talk about the matches he sees.
He has been supporting the campaigning work of Level Playing Field and the Centre for Access to Football In Europe (CAFE) to improve the experience of fans with disabilities who want to attend live football and other sporting events.
In June 2018, Morgan went to see the World Cup in St Petersburg and contributed to a research project for UEFA and FIFA to understand the experience of both able bodied and disabled fans.
The report will help with the planning of future major international football tournaments and as a result of that experience, Morgan was asked to present at the 3rd International CAFE Conference in Bilbao in November 2018.
The conference was held in Athletic Bilbao’s stadium and Morgan was able to highlight the need for changing place toilets in all stadia and show how Bolton Wanderers have supported Morgan to travel to away games by providing an accessible official supporters coach with Tyrers.
And to recognise Morgan’s experience, Level Playing Field made Morgan a LPF Ambassador In February as part of the 2019 Weeks of Action programme, with him promoting the initiative at our recent Leeds United and Swansea City fixtures.
For more information about Level Playing Field, please visit www.levelplayingfield.org.uk.