Reviewed April 2020
Linlithgow Rose is committed to ensuring that access to the football club for disabled and less-able supporters and staff is as effective and efficient as we can make it and that they are able to enjoy their time with us at Prestonfield. John Aitchison is the nominated Disability Officer.
Linlithgow Rose will ensure that there is no discrimination between disabled people with differing impairments and will make every effort to comply fully with its legal obligations as set out in the Equalities Act 2010.
The club improved accessibility for all by responding to a full review undertaken in 2017 by our friends from Disability West Lothian. Since that review, the club has:
Created a disabled viewing platform with a covered shelter to allow unobstructed viewing for its users (on the same level as the accessible toilet)
Replaced existing ramps on the terracing to reduce the gradient
Added a handrail beside existing accessible access paths and ramps
Added a handrail beside the ramp to the accessible toilet
Added a handrail to steps on the stand side terracing
Added a handrail from the bottom to the top of the terracing near the tea hut
The club engaged with Disability West Lothian in March 2020 to enable them to further review the stadium. A follow up meeting to discuss their findings was scheduled but has been cancelled as a result of family illness and now by COVID-19. The updated report will follow in due course.
Our commitment is to ensure that Prestonfield – a “traditional” rather than flat-standing stadium is as accessible as we can make it.
The committee are fully aware of their responsibilities in supporting people who need a little extra assistance. There is always someone available to open the main gate for supporters using wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The main stand is always attended by one or more committee members or stewards with a responsibility for ensuring all patrons reach their seats safely.
Complaints or suggestions for improvement are discussed and acted upon at full committee meetings.
Any complaint of discrimination by our staff or customers will be fully examined by the Committee at their first available meeting.
Disabled Parking is available in the Car Park with the spaces close to the East Gate. A path runs from the car park to the terracing on the north side of the ground where the covered, accessible viewing shelter is to be installed. For high profile or busy matches, we restrict access to the entire car park for use by players, match officials and those with blue badges only. Thus, whilst the parking bays may not all conform to disability guidance, they are nonetheless reserved for use by less able supporters to ensure they can secure easy access to the stadium. Indeed, when we played Falkirk FC in the Scottish Cup, we secured the agreement of business units directly opposite the stadium (only a few metres from the entrance to the stadium) to use their parking bays for supporters with blue badges. These actions increased disabled parking from 2 spaces to around 25 spaces.
Linlithgow Rose will not tolerate any discrimination on grounds of sex, gender, ethnicity, colour, nationality, religion or disability. This applies to every aspect of the club including:
Players and coaching staff
Any other guests or patrons
We will not tolerate sexist, racist, bigoted or sectarian behaviour - or any other discriminatory behaviour - whether verbal or physical and will take appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
This policy can be found on our website shown below and by clicking Club Info and then Club policies