News archive for 2018/19.

Latest ECDSA news 11/09/18

Once again we’re extremely grateful to Exeter City FC for allowing us to have a bucket collection at the Lincoln City match on 1st September, 2018.

For several seasons now this has helped us greatly in boosting our funds towards improving facilities at St James Park for supporters with disabilities.

Through the generosity of fans we raised a fantastic amount of £260.12

This season alone we’re supporting a number of projects around St James Park including End of Seat Hand Rails for the IP Office stand, TV screens for the new stand to assist those who cannot hear the tannoy announcements, equipment for the new Changing Places Room and Safety Netting to protect those in the accessible bays at the front of the Big Bank stand from flying balls when players are warming up before games.

We’ll be handing Exeter City FC £4,000 or more this season alone and we’re only able to hand this amount over due to years of fundraising through Christmas draws and collections. We’ve still been doing stuff for the club over the years but we’ve also been saving to allow us to help with bigger amounts when called upon.


Christmas Draw 2018 – Are You Able to Donate a Prize?

We know it’s only September but we will be holding our Christmas Draw again this season and are on the hunt for prizes. We would very much like to hear from anyone able or willing to help by donating a prize. If you are, please email: ecfcdsa@gmail.com or telephone Nick on 07913 256697 – thank you.

Committee Members for 2018/19 –

Like the Terminator, Nick Saunders is back as our chairman and the following is all those on the committee.  David Jones (vice-chair and membership), Sue Harwood (secretary), Trevor Harwood (treasurer), Jeanne Jones, Martin Robertson and Lee Holmes (president).

Membership recruitment drive 2018

We are working on recruiting 100 members this season as this has always been our hope since our DSA was formed back in 2007. Membership is available for only £5.00 per season and this ensures our members are included in the ECFC Priority Group database for tickets etc. Membership is open to everyone and not just to those with disabilities.

If you would like to join us please download a membership form from our Join Us webpage.

Please come and join us and help us greatly in reaching our 100 members target.


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To help with accessibility and safety, both the IP Office Stand and the new Stagecoach Family Stand have been fitted with new and improved end of seat hand rails, this followed a successful trial in the IP Office stand last season.

This has been made possible thanks to supporter groups including the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association (ECDSA), who donated £1,000 to this cause.

Martin Robertson (pictured) said ‘I have difficulty getting to my seat near the top of the IP Office Stand because of mobility and balance problems but these hand rails will make a huge difference in giving me support, confidence and increased safety when I go up and down the steps’.

The hand rails were in place for the Cheltenham Town game on 22nd September and are ergonomically shaped to help with grip.

Nick Saunders (ECDSA Chairman) said ‘the new hand rails are a big step forward in improving accessibility and safety to the stands and it’s pleasing that ECDSA has been able to support such a worthwhile improvement thanks to the generosity of the club’s supporters and other supporter groups’.

To date we’ve raised over £21,000 since forming in 2007 and have donated over £12,000 towards many projects at Exeter City FC for the benefit of those with disabilities, which adds better facilities for a better match day experience.



It’s Christmas draw time again after a break last season and as you can see we’ve some fantastic prizes to be won and we thank all the companies who have donated a prize for their kindness and support of ECDSA.

Our Christmas draw’s are our main fundraiser and all funds raised helps us to help Exeter City FC to improve facilities for those with disabilities which makes for a better match day experience.

If anyone can help us in selling tickets please let us know as we’ve only 2000 tickets to sell before draw night on Wednesday 12th December.

If members want to buy tickets on match days please look out for our sellers around Red Square and in the Centre Spot and the chairman will be in the new stand in the front row, block D, just stop them and they will gladly sell you some tickets.

If not, to make things easier for those who would like to buy tickets please send money for draw tickets to us, address to send tickets can be found at http://ecfcdsa.co.uk/contact-us and we’ll fill out tickets to the amount sent to us with your details (please include Name/email/contact number when sending money)  and once done we’ll email you your ticket numbers for your records.

Good Luck


Disabled Supporters Association reach Milestone

As the Disabled Supporters Association (ECDSA) exceed 100 members chairman Nick Saunders says “this is a huge achievement for our association and a significant milestone which we’ve hoped for since our formation back in 2007”.

Committee member Martin Robertson has led a membership recruitment drive this season to further enhance the awareness of the Disabled Supporters Association through its supporters, club and players. Martin said “everyone here is passionate about providing a really good match day experience for all supporters with disabilities and by increasing membership and undertaking fund raising initiatives such as the Christmas draw, we hope to be able to provide funds to make St James’ Park wholly accessible to home and away fans and have accessible facilities that we can all be very proud of”.

ECDSA has already contributed significant funds this season to help with the end of seat hand rails in the IP Office Stand and providing accessible equipment for the new ‘changing places room’ in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand (more news on this shortly). Nick said “there’s still lots to do like improved access to the club shop and other areas at the club but all is looking great with the new build which we’ve had our input on. All this has only been possible with a great Club and DSA working relationship and understanding on both sides”.

Membership is now heading towards 150 members but before that Martin took time out to present Christine Jenkinson with a bottle of wine in recognition on becoming the association’s 100th member for the first time in a season.

If you would like to become a member, membership is available for just £5.00 per season. Anyone can join us as you don’t have to have a disability and all members are included on the ECFC Priority Group database for tickets etc. Go to: Join us


Giving disabled supporters of Exeter City Football Club 'a voice to be heard'