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What an amazing first year it was for ECDSA, who would of thought that in our first year of being formed that our football club would get promoted back into the football league beating Torquay United in the Play-offs along the way and our chairman being voted ECFC ‘Supporter of the Year‘ and just goes to show what disabled people can achieve.


The first ever committee was as follows: Nick Saunders (chairman); Colin Atkins (vice-chairman);
Alastair Young (secretary); Margaret Atkins (treasurer); Chris Fiddes; Mark Fisher; Paul Gray;
Jeanne Jones; Ian Jubb; Les Knight and Dacre Holloway (ECFC Stadium Manager).



We handed over five sets of waterproofs for
our disabled supporters to Dacre Holloway -
ECFC Stadium Manager, the waterproofs were
kindly donated by one of our committee members
Les Knight.

ECDSA with help from the James Gould Trust had a bucket collection and collected a grand total of £398.88 and we presented James dad Ian Gould with a cheque for £200.

The James Gould Trust was set up after James aged just 17, was involved in a pool accident which has left him paralysed from the chest down.


(left to right: Nick Saunders; Ian Gould; Colin Atkins and Margaret Atkins) 


The Seminar was held at Wembley Stadium and was jointly funded by The FA and Wembley Stadium Ltd on behalf of the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference in partnership with NADS - The National Association of Disabled Supporters.


BBCs Ray Stubbs hosted the day and the speakers included Sir Trevor Brooking - The FA Head of Football Development, Joyce Cook - Chair of NADS and Eleanor Ellison from RNIB.


The seminar was a great opportunity for all those involved in disability equality in the professional clubs to have a chance to meet and share examples of best practices and to identify ways in which disabled people can be supported by clubs and the authorities in the future. The audience was mainly made up of Club Disability Liaison Officers, NADS members and representatives from the various Disabled Supporters Associations around the country, myself and Colin Atkins - ECDSA vice-chairman were there to represent Exeter City Football Club and Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association.


During the day NADS launched their level playing field campaign for 2008 which this year will be focusing on sensory impairments and their 2007 state of the game report, we also heard from Eleanor Ellison of the RNIB on their Soccer Sight project and within her presentation she told everyone about the fantastic work being done at Exeter City FC which was mainly being run by volunteers and of the great work the club was doing to help all disabled supporters and that the Soccer Sight project was being launched soon at Exeter City FC.


A number of clubs shared their best practices which included Liverpool, Wycombe Wanderers and Manchester City.


Delegates were able to highlight areas of ongoing concerns, which fell into two broad categories. First it was evident that there is often a disparity in ticket allocation between disabled and able bodied fans. The second area was that of the inequality of facilities that are on offer at football grounds across the country.


We urge all those with experiences of any disability issues within football, good or bad to contact us with your views.


Finally, it was a very worthwhile day and its great that Exeter City FC are being respected by other clubs, this is all down to the fantastic work all our volunteers and staff do and its what everyone fully deserves.


(report by: Nick Saunders - ECDSA Chairman, ECFC DLO & ECSC DSR and Colin Atkins - ECDSA Vice-Chairman)


The Trust Ops board is pleased by the work currently undertaken by ECFC Association of Disabled Supporters, who recently attended a national conference at Wembley. It was especially pleasing to hear that the organisers gave a positive endorsement of the work currently undertaken by volunteers at Exeter City FC.
Exeter City Football Club and
 Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association
Out & About in the Community.


Monday 10th March we were invited to a Disabled Young People event in Mid Devon which was held at Clyst Vale Community College. The event was organised by Living Options Devon and exists to ensure people with physical and/or sensory disabilities and Deaf people with sign language can make an active and equal contribution in society.


Disabled Young People in Mid Devon were asked to take part in a pilot project called Outreach, looking at issues they may have with service provision. As a fitting end to the project they invited young people to an event where they can meet other young people from the area, share their concerns and get some valuable information about the services and opportunities open to them.


There were a wide range of organisations present at the event and they were Connexions, Exeter College, St Loyes College, Devon Welfare Rights, Community Equality Disability Action, DiscPlus. Representing Exeter City FC was myself as ECFC DLO & ECDSA Chairman, Colin Atkins - ECDSA Vice-Chairman, Dick Bedford - ECFC Ability Counts Team plus one of his players and we were glad also to have at the event with us Exeter City players Bertie Cozic and Neil Saunders.


We did our own free prize draw for those attending the event and the 1st prize was a ECFC football signed by all the players and the 2nd prize was a ECFC Signed team photo.


The event was a bit of a washout which was down to the very bad weather but we were still able to inform the organisations present what Exeter City Football Club has too offer as a community club.


It was a great pleasure to meet all the people present at the event and Thanks to Amanda Woolley and her colleagues from the Outreach Project - Living Options Devon inviting Exeter City Football Club and giving us the opportunity to tell everyone what we have too offer.


Nick Saunders


George Friend being presented our Most Improved Player award 2007/08


(left to right: Margaret Atkins, Bertie Cozic, Colin Atkins & George.


Our Chairman Nick Saunders being presented the 'Supporter of the Year' 2007/08 award
by Roger-Hamilton Kendall (Exeter City Supporters Club Chairman).