By Matt Bishop
Lincoln United are drawing up plans for a covered area of their stadium built specifically for people with disabilities.
The Whites strongly believe fans with disabilities should be able to watch the game in warmth and comfort, and have joined forces with Frank Connell and Joe Cooke, well-known local fundraisers, to develop an area at Ashby Avenue.
Discussions have already taken place between chairman Rob Bradley and Lincoln-born Connell, and both are optimistic that the project can be completed within 18 months – and kick-start similar initiatives at other grounds in the area.
Speaking to The NLP, Connell said: “I cannot walk without crutches and for me to go and see sport of any type is really very, very difficult.
“I feel we need better areas at our sports venues in Lincoln for people with disabilities.
“We are starting the project at Lincoln United and I see no reason why we can’t go all over the county to spread this idea.
“I want to see everybody able to follow community sport in whatever way they want to. This project will prove that Lincoln is a forward-looking city.
“I have got a dream and I know this project will happen.”
Whites’ Chairman Rob Bradley, is fully supportive of the plan. It is one of many new ideas and initiatives that have been proposed since he took over as Chairman earlier this year.
He said: “At Lincoln United we are committed to providing the best facilities we can for everyone who wishes to watch us play.
“Whilst our ground is good, we recognise it can be difficult for fans with disabilities to see the action well and be under cover.
“This initiative will play a significant part in making the Sun Hat Villas stadium accessible for all as part of our work to improve all aspects of Lincoln United FC.”