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Spireites Trust Named Heart of the Community

18 October 2016

The work done by Chesterfield FC Community Trust to make the Proact Stadium more accessible for those with disabilities was recognised at the inaugural Accessible Derbyshire Awards Evening.

The Trust - which is the charitable arm of the football club - received the Heart of the Community Award at the event held at Chatsworth House. The award was presented by the mayor and mayoress of Chesterfield.

Commenting on the decision to honour the organisation, which is based in The HUB at the Proact Stadium, Accessible Derbyshire co-founder Gillian Scotford said: “The Community Trust richly deserves this award as it has inclusivity at its heart.

“There are Changing Places facilities in The HUB, together with wheelchair accessible viewing platforms at all levels and in all areas. There is a weekly all-inclusive activity club, specifically for young people with disabilities.

“There is also an accessible gym and pool and a pop-up sensory room was recently made available to allow those suffering from autism the opportunity to attend a game.”

The Trust’s chief executive officer, John Croot, said: “We are proud to have received this award. Inclusivity is one of our core aims and it is very pleasing to see that our efforts have been recognised in this way. It is a real partnership between the club, the Trust and the community.

“The pool is a great asset to North Derbyshire as it is one of only a few in the country that can be used by such a wide spectrum of people, from the ones with the most profound disabilities to elite/professional sportsmen and women.”

Accessible Derbyshire was launched as a registered charity by Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver in 2014 with the aim of improving the lives of disabled people, their families, friends and carers living in or visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District. 

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