A Place for Everyone: York City FC Teams Up with Wilf Ward Family Trust to Champion Inclusivity

York City FC and The Wilf Ward Family Trust and thrilled to announce an exciting partnership to embed inclusion resources at the club’s Vanarama National League fixture v Boreham Wood on Saturday 9th September. This significant event marks a crucial step forward in promoting accessibility and inclusivity in sports, specifically catering to individuals with learning disabilities and complex care needs.

The fixture will act as a trial in the first instance, with the intention to make it a huge success and then be able to offer these measures at every future home fixture. The aim is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all fans, ensuring that every individual can enjoy the excitement of sports and feel fully included in the community. York City FC has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to fostering diversity and accessibility by designating a section of the stadium with quieter seating options for those with sensory needs. Additionally, they will provide complimentary ear defenders, which are yours to keep, upon request to help individuals who may experience sensory overload during the game.

Recognising the diverse requirements of their fans, the club will implement a range of measures to enhance accessibility throughout the match. These measures include an adapted match day programme, streamlined and easier accessibility entrances with dedicated club volunteers to assist with on-the-day needs, a ‘safe exit’ and ‘quiet room’ plan for any supporters who feel overwhelmed, and pre-match guidance content to help fans familiarise themselves with the stadium and its facilities.

“We are passionate about enabling individuals to lead independent and empowered lives,” said Paul McCay, CEO of The Wilf Ward Family Trust.

“Every person should have the opportunity to enjoy sports and feel a part of the community. Together with York City FC, we are taking significant strides towards creating an environment that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusivity.”

Steve Dorey, Development Officer at York City FC, expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative, stating, “This marks the beginning of an incredible journey for our club, as we strive to make our stadium accessible for all fans. By working closely with The Wilf Ward Family Trust, we are excited to embark on a path that will lead to a more inclusive and vibrant sporting community.”

To secure seats for the match, please book via the Ticket Office website. Please note that carers are eligible for a free ticket, but these must be booked either by phone or in person with the Ticket Office. If you would like to access a free carer ticket or to purchase an accessible space for a wheelchair, mobility scooter or similar, please contact the Ticket Office on 01904 942232 or tickets@yorksmc.co.uk.

Any supporters who wish to receive ear defenders are requested to complete this short form once they have secured their tickets so that the club can prepare the appropriate number of sets to distribute on the day. Anyone who does not complete the form but would like to receive ear defenders may not be able to so, therefore please complete the form in advance to avoid disappointment.

To discuss this initiative further, please contact Steve Dorey, Development Officer, York City FC, either by phone at 01904 624447 or via email at steve.dorey@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk.

To view the club’s inclusive match day guidance document for supporters, please click here.

Join us for this match as we celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and the joy of sports, making way for a future where sport truly knows no boundaries.


About the Wilf Ward Family Trust: The Wilf Ward Family Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to enabling individuals to lead independent and empowered lives. With a strong focus on supporting those with learning disabilities and complex care needs, the Trust advocates for inclusivity and accessibility across various aspects of life.

About York City FC: York City FC is a football club with a rich history and a passionate fan base. Committed to making a positive impact on the community, the club strives to promote sportsmanship and inclusivity, encouraging fans of all abilities to come together and share the love of the beautiful game.