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.
Other ECDSA NEWS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Exeter City Football Club END OF SEAT HAND RAILS
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.