Jonnie Peacock: football needs to up its game with disabled fans
In 2012 it was not only the athletes who broke records at the Paralympic Games, though new world marks were set 251 times. In total 2.7m tickets were sold, with athletes cheered on by capacity crowds throughout the 11 days of competition and 40 million people watched Channel 4’s 500 hours of dedicated coverage.
It was an event that suggested a huge shift in the perception in Britain of sport for disabled people but as London prepares to host the World ParaAthletics Championships in July a survey has suggested the experience of disabled spectators in sporting arenas remains a long way from gold-medal standard.
According to the survey, 79% of disabled fans who have been to football matches have experienced discrimination or other issues resulting from their disability, and 29% have been verbally abused, as a result of which 62% of all the supporters surveyed have stopped going to games altogether.