With thanks to the Bolton Wanderers Development Association, visually-impaired supporters will now have access to Audio Description (AD) commentary at every game played at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.
Through funding made available via the BWFC Lotteries scheme, the aim of the Bolton Wanderers Development Association is to add to and improve facilities at the home of the Whites – with this latest initiative one in a long line of upcoming projects.
Pictured: Volunteers and AMS staff deliver AD commentary at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.
Phil Mason, Chief Operating Officer at Bolton Wanderers said: “We are so grateful to the BWDA for their support in bringing this new and inclusive service to Bolton Wanderers.
“Without their vital funding, this project would not have been possible.
“The BWDA donated over a quarter of a million pounds to the club just before Christmas, all via fundraising from the Lotteries scheme.
“This substantial amount will go directly back into Bolton Wanderers, funding important projects to keep pushing our club forward.”
This Audio Description (AD) commentary is a specialist form of commentary that provides listeners with detailed descriptions of all the action as it occurs during a match.
To bring the service to supporters, the club has partnered with sound and vision specialists Alan March Sport (AMS), who provide the same service for a number of other clubs across England and Wales.
Volunteer commentators have now all been trained to use the equipment and since launch earlier this month, a number of fans have now taken up the service – to positive feedback.
Thanks to the BWDA funding for this project, the AD commentary service is free to use. Receivers can be booked by emailing email@example.com at least 24 hours prior to the kick-off of a home game.
By signing up to BWFC Lotteries, you can help contribute to facilities funding, as well as be in with the opportunity of winning fantastic cash prizes.
Find out more about BWFC Lotteries here and sign up today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the coming weeks, we will also bring further updates on BWDA funded projects including the CCTV upgrade project, access control upgrade, in-stadia LEDs and training ground upgrade.