Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association
The association helps to represent the interests of disabled people who are supporters of Hibernian Football Club. Formed in 2011, the association meet each month to discuss current issues, share ideas, and generally enjoy the camaraderie of being a “Hibs” fan.
The association is open to anyone who has an interest in what we do and wishes to become involved. We are always keen to hear from disabled people regardless of whether they are able to attend games and welcome your news and views.
Hibernian FC Open Day
Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association had a stand at the Hibernian FC Open Day 2015. Taking place on Sunday 21st June, the Club opened their doors to the local community free of charge at Easter Road stadium for stadium tours in conjunction with Hibernian Historical Trust. We met several new folk and recruited new members. It was also a great opportunity for people to hear about what we do and how we work with the Club to improve accessibility for all.
HDSA Joins in the Leith Festival Gala Day
The Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association joined other local community groups and charities at the Leith Gala day on Saturday 13th June with a stand promoting the work that the organisation is doing.
We were delighted to be able to raise over £300 toward much needed funds.
Big Kick Off Project – for Deaf Youngsters
The Hibernian Community Foundation staged a successful Open Day in February to kick-off an exciting new project designed to engage with deaf youngsters, who love football.
An encouraging turn-out – 24 boys and girls aged from Primary 1 to Secondary 2 – attended the inaugural event, which took place at the Training Centre in East Lothian.
The youngsters were then given a tour of the Training Centre and enjoyed a fun football coaching session.
This launched the Hibernian Community Foundation’s innovative plans to carry out an upcoming programme, the play to learn approach, and how the Foundation hopes to develop a pathway of support for young people who are deaf, including regular weekly sessions.
Overall the programme is designed to give deaf youngsters an opportunity to build on their football and interpersonal skills and to make new friends.
If you are interested in getting your child involved then please contact Simon Spence at the Hibernian Community Foundation.
We are currently asking Hibernian FC supporters who may have an interest the work of the Association to complete a short survey. This will help us to plan our activities for the up-coming months. If you can help by completing the survey please take a few minutes and visit www.hdsa.org.uk/survey
Hibernian Launch Loyalty Scheme
Hibernian are delighted to announce the launch of the Hibernian Loyalty Scheme.
The Club are constantly striving to improve arrangements for supporters. Recently this has seen improvements to the ticketing system, removal of booking fees, the introduction of print at home tickets and the upgrade of the access system.
Now, looking forward to what could be an exciting end to the season the Club wants to be able to put into place a mechanism which tracks and prioritises not just season ticket holders when it comes to the must have ticket games but instead opens up priority ticketing to all supporters.
The next phase of this will see the implementation of the Hibernian Loyalty Scheme that will allow all supporters the ability to accumulate points against the tickets they purchase.
Supporters will be able to accumulate points throughout the season and this will prioritise access and allow ticket to be allocated in a points order.
The East Stand gets a new addition
The HDSA were recently donated a vinyl banner to use to help promote their work. Following its first successful outing at the Leith Gala we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to display the banner at Easter Road.
With help from the Club our new banner was fixed in to its new home earlier this month.
Euan’s Guide announces support for Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association
EuansGuide.com, the disabled access review website has sponsorsed the Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association. In supporting the HDSA, EuansGuide.com is working with them to promote the accessibility of Easter Road for both home & away disabled fans.
The partnership will also encourage all members of the Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association to review their experiences at Easter Road and at stadiums around Scotland when they travel to away games.
Read more about how the Association are working with Euan’s Guide.
FC Groningen: Rolly-Side
Shortly after the establishment of the Hibernian Disabled Supporters’ Association we made contact with the disabled supporters of Dutch club FC Groningen. The Disabled supporters’ club – FC Groningen Rolly-Side were set up in 2006.
Our first Secretary, Nicola Oldroyd, made contact with FC Groningen and their disabled supporters’ club sent across a flag for the HDSA. Recently the Association sent a flag across the Holland for our Dutch counterparts.
Easter Road Hosts Scottish Disabled Supporters Association Meeting
Hibernian Disabled Supporters Association (HDSA) were honoured to host the Scottish Disabled Supporters Associations (SDSA) meeting on 30 January 2014.
Members from across Scotland took part along with some joining in via the internet.
This could not have happened without the kindness of Hibernian FC, in particular Club Director Garry O’Hagan, allowing the meeting to be hosted in Easter Road Stadium.
After the meeting, Garry took time to give some members an impromptu tour behind the scenes, showing them round the home and away dressing rooms, treatment and warm up areas etc.
Both the HDSA and SDSA would like to take this opportunity to thank Hibernian FC for their hospitality.