We had another successful year and we continue to fulfil our aims and objectives and again this would not have been possible without the help and support of our committee and our members.
One of our hopes for the association at the beginning of the season was to get over 50 members and the great news was that we had a total of 54 members, the season before we ended the season with a total of 36 members. As you can see, our membership has been growing steadily and to get to that 50 mark shows that we are all going in the right direction with what we are trying to do as a group.
Exeter City kept their League One status and with that, a good following from visiting disabled supporters, plus the club continues to receive good comments from visiting supporters and good comments are being left on disability websites (NADS & AWADS) on our disabled facilities and friendly staff. These good comments are partly down to the support and help, us at ECDSA give Exeter City.
The committee was as follows: Nick Saunders (chairman); Colin Atkins (vice-chair);
Jeanne Jones (secretary); Margaret Atkins (treasurer); David Jones and Steve Gazzard.
It was with great excitement to announce that we had over 50 members (54 at end of season) which considering we have only been around for just over 2 years is a fantastic achievement and we would like to thank everyone who has joined us in our quest in helping Exeter City F.C. become accessible to all. Membership is open to everyone, "you don’t have to have a disability to join us". Contact us if you would like to join.
Exeter City Disabled Supporters donate £1,000 at the
Official Launch of ‘Pitch in for City’.
The match between Exeter City and Southampton on Saturday 6th February marked the official launch of the Supporters’ Trust’s fundraising initiative ‘Pitch in for City’.
This scheme has been launched with the goal of raising upwards of £150,000 to help fund a new pitch at City’s home, St James Park.
To help kick-start the campaign was the ECFC Disabled Supporters Association who we are delighted to announce have pledged £1,000 to the Pitch in Fund.
Speaking of this kind gesture from the Disabled Supporters Association Trust Chair Denise Watts commented, “Both Exeter City and the Supporters Trust are delighted to receive this fantastic support from the Disabled Supporters Association and on behalf of the club and Trust I would like to thank them for their amazing generosity”.
The Disabled Supporters Association are the first fans group to support the Pitch in initiative but donations to the scheme are now filtering through. Project leader Tony Badcock said, “Prior to the match volunteers were on hand to dispense thousands of campaign flyers to the crowd at St James Park, and are now bearing fruits as donations are now starting to come in”.
Nick Saunders, ECDSA Chairman said “It makes us all at ECDSA feel so proud that we’re able to give this donation towards ‘Pitch in for City’ and it’s great being the first group to give this money towards the project. Without the pitch being moved the club can’t do the redevelopments to the Old Grandstand and Away End areas of St James Park, we're in need of disabled facilities in those areas, this is one of the many reasons we can think of for our donation”.
Pitch in for City is one of the most ambitious schemes ever launched by the Supporters’ Trust and its success will go a long way in showing the rest of the footballing world just what can be achieved by fans of a Trust owned club.
Personal Assistant List:
"Could you help a disabled supporter on a match day?"
We were looking for anyone who would be willing to help a disabled supporter on a match day for when their regular PA was unavailable.
We were able to sponsor one of the Exeter City Ability Counts F.C teams again this season and their season starts in September and we wished them all the best of luck for the season.
All 3 teams had a great season in 2008/09 which ended with the Premiership & Championship sides making the regional finals with the Championship team coming out winners and that team went onto the National Finals which were held in London and sadly the team lost on penalties in the semi-finals.
We brought the football club 16 chairs for disabled supporters Personal Assitants to use in the disabled areas in the big bank stand.
Disabled area roofing:
The roofing to area 7 in the big bank stand was finally completed. The supporters club helped part fund this roofing and kindly donated towards the total cost, the remainder coming from one of our prize draws. Our thanks go to the Supporters Clubs for their generosity and support.
Most Improved Player Award:
For the past two seasons we have been giving out an award to the Exeter City player that we think has improved the most in that season.
This year’s winner was Liam Sercombe and we all wish him well for the coming season.