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27 Sep

YCF invests in mobility aid to support accessibility

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) – the official charity of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) – has invested in a new wheelchair to help support accessibility at Headingley Cricket Ground.

The self-propelling wheelchair from St John Ambulance is accessible for people attending stadium tours and visits to the Yorkshire Cricket Museum, run through the YCF’s Heritage programme.

Participants can request the wheelchair on entry to the museum at the museum reception desk from one of YCF’s friendly staff.

Pictured Yorkies Richard Griffiths and Mel Reuben give the thumbs up to the new mobility aid.

Charlotte Hughes, the Heritage Manager for the YCF, who collaborated with St John Ambulance, to purchase the wheelchair, said: “I’m delighted to have purchased a self-propelling wheelchair from St John Ambulance, which will in turn benefit towards all of the great work that they do as an organisation.

“With this purchase, we are now able to offer any individual that attends one of our Stadium Tours, or anyone visiting our Yorkshire Cricket Museum, the use of this asset.

“It is important to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation as a whole to make any activity you attend with us, accessible to all, and we are thrilled to be able to now offer this to our visitors.”

The new wheelchair is just one of the measures Yorkshire Cricket has taken this season to help support inclusion, accessibility and enhance the welcome at Headingley Cricket Ground.

A cave sensory room – a free controlled audio visual environment (CAVE) has been available at the ground for all major matches between June – September with more than 110,000 spectators during this time. The sensory room has a variety of popular pieces of sensory equipment to encourage different kinds of user interaction.

The Club’s RESPECT campaign has been prominently in place at Headingley this season with supporters able to report any form of anti-social behaviour directly to the control room by texting RESPECT to 60650 with the Club operating a zero tolerance policy toward anti-social behaviour.

While in 2016 the YCF and Yorkshire County Cricket Club were awarded with – “Working towards becoming Dementia Friendly” status – meaning the organisations are continually evaluating practises to ensure it is as inclusive and welcoming as possible.

Sam Hinchliffe, Director of Operations at Yorkshire Cricket, said: “As a Club, we are working hard to be as welcoming as possible. We want everyone to have an enjoyable experience when visiting The Headingley Cricket Ground.

“Both the Club and Foundation are a strong supporter of equity of access and inclusion and we will continue to review and improve in the future to ensure Headingley is as inclusive as it can be.”

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