In its 16th season, Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action campaign once again rose to the occasion and exceeded previous years, despite sport facing its greatest challenge.
Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action took place earlier this season, kicking off in February and scheduled to run until mid-March. As we all know, Covid-19 brought sport to an abrupt halt during this period.
The coronavirus outbreak unfortunately left Level Playing Field with no option but to postpone its third and final weekend of the Weeks of Action campaign, despite it lining up to be the busiest with clubs from all over the country preparing for their dedicated match days.
However, this seasons campaign was still the biggest to date. The stats showed a 17% increase in Clubs, DSAs, and partner Organisations taking part, with the total number involved rising to 144.
Clubs from the Barclay’s Premier League to the Northern Counties East Premier Division showed their support with dedicated match days and events, demonstrating the vast celebration and recognition for access and inclusion in sport across England and Wales.
A word from Level Playing Field General Manager, Ruth Hopkins: “Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action (WoA) is held every year and is the highlight of our campaign to raise awareness and to celebrate good access for disabled sports fans.
This year’s WoA was planned to run from Saturday 29th February to Sunday 15th March with a record number of clubs and organisations getting involved. But unfortunately, during the second week the impact of the coronavirus hit us hard, and our final weekend’s events were all postponed. We are very grateful to all the clubs that got involved and managed to hold their events, and also to those who have offered to re-schedule if possible, later this year.
We are delighted to share this report with you and to say a big Thank You. Disabled sports fans are at the heart of what we do, and the statistics and good news stories help to demonstrate why our work is so important.”
Level Playing Field are delighted to announce the official Weeks of Action 2020 report.
Download the report HERE.
Thank you to everyone who’s taken part in this year’s campaign, it’s been an incredible team effort through a challenging period for sport and disabled sports fans.