On Sunday 7th April it was the turn of Salford City Reds to be scrutinised by the mobility scooter travelling me.
During the week I had telephoned the club and asked about access, parking and seating, to be informed there was easy access parking, the full ground was accessible, and they would book me onto the disabled platform.
We arrived by coach at 13:30 and after discussions with the stewards where sent round to park up, the parking was on solid ground being tarmac and my scooter was easily transported for me to set off to a marquee they had provided for refreshments to the left of the ground.
On travelling to the marquee there was a speed ramp in the road, however at the right-hand corner of the ramp there was access for either, a wheelchair or scooter.
Just past this was the accessible toilets, as you can see the entrance had a push to open which meant I had to ask someone to open the door for me, thankfully it was also the entrance to their fun lounge so there were people just the other side of the door. This could be improved though with an automatic door, which I believe it was, so either it was broken or set so people couldn’t just walk straight through.
On turning the corner, I was pleasantly surprised to see a disabled toilet with a radar key lock, all disabled toilets should have radar locks as it stops people using them who shouldn’t be.
After entering the toilet, the door easily opened towards me and held back while I got in, locking it from inside and then unlocking to egress was easy and it again opened outwards and stayed for me to ride out.
The exit door again I had to ask someone to hold open for me.
Onto the area where the marquee was sited, this was on grass which in all honestly, I would expect it to be for ease of installation but to improve access they could have also installed a pathway, it was easy enough to get over the grass though, just a thought though it would be slighter harder if it was raining.
The travel back to the entrance into the A J Bell Stadiumwas smooth, however the first steward I spoke to had to go and ask where the disabled entrance was, once pointed in the right direction I was taken in through a door at the side of the turnstiles and sent to a platform lift which would take me up the wheelchair platform.
I have to say this is the best I have seen to date, the view was brilliant as can be seen below, there were two disabled toilets and extra seating for a carer if required.
In summary Salford City Reds will score 9 for me as the accessible door should have been set to automatic and there should have been wheelchair access to the marquee. But all in all, a very pleasant experience which I would be happy to repeat.
The shout out also must go to Acklams Coaches and Richard the driver, who throws my scooter around like a toy which enables me to keep doing the things I love