Chesterfield have been shortlisted for a national award to recognise the club that is the most welcoming to away supporters.
The Spireites are up against Southampton, Swansea City, Fulham, Cardiff City and Burton Albion for The Football Supporters’ Federation’s Away Day of the Year award.
A survey asked fans to score their away day based on a number of factors such as access, safety and security, the view, plus their overall experience.
Chief executive Michael Dunford said: “We are delighted to be in the running for this award. We are proud of the facilities we offer and we try our best to make it an enjoyable experience for all away supporters who visit the Proact.
“There is a cafe and a children's play centre in the HUB and away supporters are encouraged to use these facilities. Away supporters receive a friendly welcome when they visit the cafe for a pre-match snack.
“The HUB, which is managed by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, also features a Changing Places area for people with disabilities. The Proact is one of the few stadiums in the country to boast such a facility.”
A Carlisle United fan recently contacted the club to praise the staff in the ticket office and the matchday stewards for their help. He explained that they went out of their way to ensure that his young daughter, who has a disability, had an enjoyable, stress-free experience.
“I have followed Carlisle for over 40 years and the matchday experience must rank as amongst the best I have experienced at an ‘away’ ground,” he wrote. “I can’t speak highly enough of everyone we encountered.
“Your staff helped make the whole experience, which could have been quite stressful considering my daughter’s circumstances, very positive and left all of us with an excellent impression of Chesterfield FC. They were a credit to themselves and to the club.”
The club will be represented at the FSF Awards event next Monday night, which is being held at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.