Disabled platform - a thank you

Disabled platform - a thank you

SMISA members have been thanked for their crucial role in helping to build St Mirren's new disabled platform by the group who will be using it.

The Ayr game last week saw a debut for the new disabled platform in the main stand of the Paisley 2021 Stadium - part-funded by SMISA through our £2 discretionary pot, where our members help decide which projects they want their money to go on.

Previously disabled fans had to sit at the front of the stand, where they didn't have full protection from the elements - but now they have one of the best views in the stadium.

When we surveyed our members earlier this year, improving disabled facilities at the stadium came out as one of the top priorities.

Gordon Scott and the new SMFC board were already well down the line with plans for the platform - and SMISA's contribution helped get the project over the line.

And we were contacted during the week by John Clark, chair of the St Mirren Disabled Supporters Association, who had this message for our members:

John said "The disabled set-up at St Mirren is now among the best in Scotland and that speaks well not only of Smisa members, but of the wider fanbase.

"As co-secretary of the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association I will will seek to share the good practices and example set at St Mirren.

"This represents phase 1 of the development of the stadium as we seek to further improve the accessibility of our stadium.

"We are now UEFA compliant unlike the majority of rich English premier league clubs. When we shared the story with Cafe, the UEFA disabled organisation, they are keen to share it Europe wide as an excellent exemplar of good practice.

"We want to thank SMISA's members for using the first three months of their £2 pot to help fund the platform - it is very much appreciated."

The pictures shows SMFC chairman Gordon Scott and SMISA's fan rep director David Nicol with young fan Kyle Gunn, along with members of the SMDSA as the platform was opened at the weekend.