With the help of the SDSA committee and their families and friends, we achieved a lot during 2015, including;
- Purchased 2 season tickets which we offer to disabled supporters that are unable to afford to get to see Saints play, or are unsure if they could get to St Mary’s. We were donated a 3rd season ticket, so 3 disabled supporters get the chance to see Saints play at each home game, and so 57 during the whole season. If you are disabled and would like to be considered when we allocate our tickets, please take a look at our Season Ticket area.
- With the help and support of SFC, RADAR locks were (finally) fitted within St Mary’s. There was a lot of mis-use of the disabled toilets by non-disabled people, and so it Is hoped that having RADAR locks fitted will prevent, or at least reduce, any mis-use.
- We held a number of collections around the streets near St Mary’s before a few home games. If you can help us with these collections, please email our fundraising secretary.
- Attended a few promotional events, including the Totton Fun Day and Riverside Youth 6 a side tournament(that the SDSA sponsored), and are now the shirt sponsor for Riverside Rangers (the Riverside Youth FC Under 10 team).
- Arranged a successful Open Day (although we are sorry that some people needed to wait in the rain due to the numbers attended).
In 2016, we plan to continue with making sure that disabled supporters get to see Saints play with the best possible experience, and are sponsoring the Riverside tournament again.
We do plan to continue our “discussions” with SFC, so that the upper tier wheelchair areas in the Northam and Itchen North stands are re-opened. A previous SFC Chairman decided to close the 2 areas to allow more office space, but we feel the away fans (in particular) should get a choice of pitch-side or upper tier, so we will keep it on our monthly committee meeting agendas.