Bohemian FC launches first official Disabled Supporters Association in Ireland
Bohemian FC have launched the first official Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) in Ireland, the Bohs DSA.
The independent supporters group will work closely with Bohemian FC Disability Access Officer (DAO) James Flanagan, to improve accessibility and inclusion at the Club and stadium, Dalymount Park.
Bohemian FC President Chris Brien and First-team Manager Keith Long were in attendance as the DSA was formally recognised by the Club via Zoom:
The launch was also covered in popular Irish Sports commentators OffTheBall.
DSA member Paul Dywer commented: “I believe as part of Ireland’s first DSA I can help make simple changes that make football accessible for anyone and everyone who wishes to enjoy it regardless of a physical or intellectual disability.”
Bohemian FC Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Lambert said: “This is a fantastic new addition to our supporters clubs – a group that is comprised of people living with or affected by a disability and their family members.
“They know better than anyone what measures we can take to make our club the most inclusive and accessible environment possible. We look forward to engaging with them and working closely together, and congratulations to them on establishing the first DSA in Ireland.”
CAFE Fan Liaison Officer, Amy Wilson added: “We are delighted to see the creation of the Bohs Disabled Supporters Association. Being the first DSA in Ireland, we hope that this will encourage other teams to join Bohemians FC in creating pan-disability and user-led groups.
“It’s fantastic to see another example of how the Week of Action can have a lasting impact, whether it be through the recognition of a DSA such as the Bohs or a permanent access improvement.
“We look forward to working closely with Bohs DSA and are excited to see how together with support from the club they help make the matchday experience at Dalymount Park a positive and enjoyable one for all disabled supporters.”
Our parntner CAFE is proud to support DSAs from across Europe and is here to offer support to disabled fans or clubs looking to set up a DSA. For more information, please email CAFE’s Fan Liaison, Access and Administration Officer, Amy Wilson, or telephone on +44 (0)208 065 5108.