Going that extra mile for our Members during the Pandemic

Today marks International Day of Disabled Persons, and Swansea City is proud to recognise and celebrate the incredible work of our Disabled Supporters Association during this most difficult of periods.

For many supporters attending a matchday at the Liberty Stadium is about so much more than the 90 minutes, and our disabled supporters are no exception. The uncertainty and isolation as a result of the pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of those who rely heavily on the social aspects of a live game.

During each season the DSA work with the club to introduce new facilities and incentives to benefit disabled supporters. Since its launch the DSA has also hosted many successful social events, attended by Swans players and staff.

September Social 2019

While many of these events have been postponed due to the pandemic, the DSA committee have continued to work tirelessly to spread some positivity and stay connected to the association’s members.

Throughout the pandemic the DSA has:

  • Delivered food hampers to members during lockdown.
  • Undertaken social media competitions.
  • Continued to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support through socially distanced coffee mornings.
  • Supported BBC Children in Need.
  • Supported the Mr X Appeal – providing Christmas gifts to under-privileged children.

DSA chair Andrew Brayley points out that it’s the ethos of “one happy family” that continually motivates the committee, who dedicate many hours helping fellow Jacks and their families.

“The DSA found it important to keep in contact with our members during these difficult times where loneliness and isolation have come to the forefront,” he said.

“As a committee, we have worked tirelessly to keep every member engaged with the DSA and the club.

“To this end we have organised a number of competitions, a coffee morning, supported the Mr X appeal, player of the decade, supported BBC Children in Need, shared member profiles, and are currently organising a Christmas raffle.

“We always try and ensure that our members feel valued and involved, keeping the ethos of ‘one happy family’. The DSA continually receives positive feedback on the work we do.

“On a final note I would like to thank our sponsors and the club for their contributions during this time.”

Swansea City disability access officer, Mark Phillips, explained how important the DSA has been to the club and supporters during the pandemic.

“We know how important attending matches at the Liberty Stadium is for our disabled supporters,” he said.

“As a club we are grateful the DSA has continued its fantastic work.

“Over the next few months, we will continue to work with the committee to make sure that when disabled supporters are able to return, they can do so safely and with confidence.”

The above article was originally published on the Official Swansea City Football Club website.

Halloween Competition Winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Halloween mask competition.

There were some fantastic entries and we’re delighted to announce the winners – Lolah in the Junior section and Rhys in the Adult section.

Lolah - DSA Halloween Winner 2020
Lolah – Halloween Competition Junior Winner
Rhys - DSA Halloween Winner 2020
Rhys – Halloween Competition Adult Winner

Many congratulations to Lolah and Rhys, and a big thank you to everyone who took part.

Food Hampers donated to DSA Members

The Swans DSA were awarded awarded a grant from the Community Foundation Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund to donate food hampers to our supportive DSA members #changing lives together.

We bought food and essentials, and prepared and delivered 80 hampers to our DSA members on Saturday 11th July, from Carmarthen to Bridgend.

We were also able to help the local community, and provided a hamper to the Red Cafe food bank in the Mumbles, a local animal sanctuary who will be raffling the hamper to raise funds, and local families in need.

Our DSA committee all work hard together, and after receiving so many kind texts, emails and messages this afternoon from our delighted members, it makes us so proud that we are able to support them. And that they, too, support us.  We are often told we are “one big happy family”.

DSA Committee Members with food hampers

Committee members – Andrew Brayley, Michelle Preece, Malcolm Fearn, Cath Dyer, Nicola Dyer, Lee Ellery, Clare Lewis, Lesley Williams, Cath Williams and Andrew Williams.

A huge thanks must go to Diane Williams and Julian Fearn for taking loads of the hampers and delivering them to Morriston, Clydach, Manselton, Craig-cefn-parc, Ystradgynlais, Neath, Skewen, Pontardawe, Birchgrove, Llansamlet plus many more.

Thanks too, to Mair and Alan Hicks, for their help in packing the hampers.

Swansea City AFC are also very supportive of the DSA and we have a great working relationship with them.

Some of the comments received from members:

“Today an unexpected visit touched my heart. The DSA have delivered over 80 members to members and friends.” – Kev


“What a wonderful gesture in uncertain times.i am sure it brought smiles and comfort to many, it is pleasing that despite growing year on year the DSA has not forgotten the reason it exists in the first place and that is to represent and look after the disabled fans.” – Ian


“I feel so humbled and proud that I am part of the DSA.” – Roger


“What a wonderful thing to do for DSA members.” – Julie


“We have just received the beautiful hamper.” – Helen


“The gift from the DSA has been uplifting.” – Alf


“Thank you for being thoughtful and generous.” – Roger


“Thank you for the gift, my special friends.” – Noreen

If you would like to learn more about the Swansea City AFC Disabled Supporters’ Association or would like to become a member, then please contact us.

We’re All in this Together Competition Winners

Following our recent “We’re All in this Together” competition, we are pleased to announce the winners.

Lolah Williams, aged 6, won the competition for the under 6’s.

Lolah Williams

Callie Howe, aged 11, won the competition for the aged group 10 – 14.

Callie Howe

Paul Griffiths won the adult competition.

Paul Griffiths

Congratulations to all our winners!

Thank you to Dawsons,  who have kindly agreed to donate prizes to our winners, to provide extra support to the DSA at this time.

Thanks also to our judges, Kev and Rosie Johns.

DSA Colouring Competition Winners Announced

The Swans DSA recently ran a Colouring Competition for its Junior Members to design a ‘Stay Safe/Stay Home Rainbow’ poster.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved and well done to all of our winners, who are listed below, together with their fantastic entries.

In first place for our 10 – 16 year old category was Chloe.
ChloeJoint runners up in the 10 – 16 year old category were Callie and Ellie-Mae.

Callie Ellie-Mae

The winner of our 6-10 year old category was Jack.


In joint 1st in our Under 6s category are Lolah and Willow.

Lolah Willow

Share your favourite Swans memory with us

The DSA committee are still in touch with each other, and we, too, are obviously disappointed that we were unable to support Level Playing Fields’ weeks of action, along with our end of season event, but….we had to ensure the safety of everyone.

Thank you all for your continued support, and please remember that we are here for you.

Right – We would like our DSA members to think about their favourite Swans memory – be it a game, meeting a player, travelling to an away game, coming to a DSA event, ANYTHING – and if you would like, right a short little paragraph and include a photo if you so wish.

Send all details to

We would be interested in putting them on our Swansea City DSA Facebook page  – just to have some happy posts at present.

We would obviously need your permission for this, especially if children are interested in writing something – which we will encourage.

DSA provide Easter Treat for Children’s Wards

The DSA are pleased to announce that we have taken 120 Easter eggs to the children’s wards in Morriston hospital.

Huge thanks to Diane Williams and Julian Fearn who kindly collected the eggs from the committee and dropped them at the hospital.

Easter Eggs for Children's Wards in Morriston Hospital

The eggs had been bought for our end of season social event which had been postponed due to current circumstances.

Many thanks everyone for your suggestions.

All Swans DSA Events Cancelled until Further Notice

Following the  announcement on Friday the 13th of March 2020 that the EFL have confirmed that all fixtures have been postponed until Friday, April 3rd, the DSA would also like to confirm that all DSA events are postponed until further notice this also includes all DSA committee meetings.

As the health and  safety and the well-being of our DSA members and our DSA committee are of paramount importance, to us and we are all aware that the virus is a great threat to vulnerable people.

Therefore  it is important that we all follow guidance and act sensibly and accordingly.

Finally please everyone stay safe, and if we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your cooperation and for your continued support to The DSA.

Your DSA Committee

We’re supporting “Don’t Dance Alone” Week

The Swans DSA are proud to be supporting Swansea Sound’s “Don’t dance alone” week which runs from March 16 – 22nd this year, and is proudly supported by McDonalds.

Don't Dance Alone Week 2020

Did you know that…

  • More than 2 million people over 75 live alone in the UK
  • Many don’t speak to a SINGLE person for a month
  • Loneliness can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Our next DSA coffee morning, for our DSA members, is to be held on Tuesday, 17th March at 10am, and we are holding this in the Harvester Morfa.

We only have a few spaces left, so booking through the Swans DSA is essential and thank you to all who have already booked a place.