Rotherham United has launched a new Disabled Supporters’ Association aimed at improving the match day experience for fans with disabilities.

Millers Chairman Tony Stewart was on hand to meet the group’s new elected Chairperson Joanne Archer, to lend his support to the new group who are meeting regularly to discuss how the club can maintain its high standards and also improve the Rotherham United experience for disabled supporters.


The launch of the group coincided with the club supporting the Level Playing Field Week of Action. The Weeks of Action were established in 2005 to help highlight the positive initiatives undertaken by clubs, sporting venues and their governing bodies in partnership with disabled sports fans and disabled supporters associations (DSAs). The 2018 Weeks of Action theme is all about celebrating the matchday experience for disabled fans.


Head of Supporters’ Services John Bird, who has been active in the establishing of the new group, expressed his delight after its recent launch, stating: “We are always looking to ensure that everyone can enjoy the matchday experience here at Rotherham United and many of the improvements that we have made in that area have come as a result of feedback from supporters.


“I am delighted to have been involved in the launch of our new Disabled Supporters’ Association and I’m looking forward to working closely with Joanne and the rest of the group.


“From some of our earlier meetings, our numbers have grown but we are still looking to add new members and anyone wanting to join can contact us by email on”


Joanne Archer, who has been influential in helping to establish the group is equally excited by the prospect of getting involved in the continued work to ensure everyone can enjoy the facilities at Rotherham United.


“We are delighted to launch Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Trust (RUDSA),” she told


“We look forward to working with Rotherham United to achieve the best possible match day experience for all of our disabled fans.


“We also hope to develop a social network which will create opportunities to enhance the everyday lives of our members.”


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