Tonight the Swans DSA are proud to announce that Kevin Johns MBE has agreed to become our Lifetime president.
Swansea City has always been a family club, as a DSA we feel that Kev fits that mould perfectly. Kev has always supported the DSA, he has both the community, the city and the club at his heart. When considering the role the decision was certainly unanimous.
Kev’s character and reputation will help spread the message of the DSA to Swansea City supporters to ensure the best match day experience for all disabled fans, both home and away.
“I’m Very honoured to become Lifetime President of the Swansea City Disabled Supporters Association this evening. The Swans DSA do a fantastic job in ensuring that all fans have a great match day experience.”
Kevin Johns MBE
As a DSA we’re delighted that Kev has accepted the role. We are excited to work together on future projects and have no doubt that the DSA will continue to grow.
The Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on: Tuesday, July 11th at 5.30pm at the Liberty Stadium.
All DSA members and their personal assistants are welcome. Please note that only DSA Members will be allowed to vote on any issues on the night.
With reference to applications to join the DSA Committee only one application was received prior to the deadline. There has been one resignation from the Management Committee due to ill health so subject to suitability it is proposed that this applicant become part of the DSA Management committee subject to the agreement of DSA members at the AGM. Pen pictures of those who applied for election to the Management Committee as attached.
All members of the DSA Management Committee have stood down as per the current DSA Constitution and have stood for re-election apart from the one resignation. Due to the lack of applicants it is proposed that the current DSA committee be re-elected subject to the agreement of the DSA members at the AGM.
The DSA Constitution has been unchanged since the DSA was launched in 2012. The DSA has moved on since then and a number of proposed changes have been proposed and will be voted on by the members at the AGM.
Some of the proposed major changes include:
All members of the DSA Management Committee to undergo full DBS Checks.
The Management Committee shall comprise of 12 members who will be elected to the committee at the AGM.
In the event that less than 12 members are available to serve on the Management Committee, members may hold more than one post with the exception of the Chairperson. However, they will continue to have one vote only.
In the event that more than 12 members are willing to serve on the Management Committee, members may be elected by the Management Committee as co-opted members but with no voting rights.
Management Committee meetings now held monthly.
The term of office for each post will be two years.
In order to be elected to the Management committee, a member has to have been a DSA member for a full year before applying to join the Management Committee
Membership will run from 1st September to 31st August annually. New memberships will be taken from September 1st.
Social Clause added to Constitution
Members of the Management Committee may be subject to disciplinary action or have their membership terminated if it is deemed that he or she has brought the SCAFC DSA into disrepute or that their continued membership is not in the interests of the SCAFC DSA.
All the above will be explained in full at the AGM and questions will be invited.
We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday the 11th of July.
This Tuesday evening marked yet another milestone for us as a DSA. We as a committee we were able to present our inaugural “Unsung Hero of the Year Award- for exceptional support to disabled fans”.
Throughout the season premier league players receive a number an awards & accolades for performances on the pitch. However, as we all know at every football there’s an army of unsung heroes that make match days special for Disabled Fans. -This is particularly true in Swansea, a family Club.
This is why as a committee we decided to honour an unsung hero each season, with our Unsung Hero of the Year Award kindlysponsored by Ark Fencing .
Swansea AFC DSA is delighted to announce this years’ recipient as none other than Ticket Office Manager
David pioneered the Award Winning online ticketing system that made the unprecedented move to allow disabled fans to purchase match day tickets online.
This is an issue that impacts on disabled people for match days in football, but is part of a wider ticketing problem in any form of live entertainment for disabled people.
As a DSA we recognise and have each experienced having to use jammed “dedicated disability phone lines” only to be stuck in a huge queue, that may only lead to disappointment. The online ticketing system has provided a number of disabled fans to follow the Swans both Home & Away.- Which is greatly appreciated.
David has also shown his great support and dedication to improving experiences of disabled fans by regularly attending DSA meeting to discuss improvements and issues.
David understands that inclusion is a feeling, not a process! His approach (establishing an effective ticketing system), and attitude towards disabled fans, reflects this.
David and his team have always been there for us and are happy to give up their time for us.
They have allowed us to use their database for disability promotions and are just generally all round good eggs.
This is due largely to the leadership of David who is an inspirational and innovative leader
The club is lucky to have such a man at the helm and this award is richly deserved.
DSA Chair, Ian James
Many thanks to Kev Johns, DSA Ambassador Lee Trundle, COO Chris Pearlman, Leigh Dineen and Lucy Norman for attending & their continued support of the DSA & Disabled Fans.
Finally a big thank you to Denise, Helen and all the ticket office staff, who are a credit to the football club.
On Tuesday the 21st of February 2017 Swansea City DSA was pleased to welcome over a 100 of our members plus fully/carers attended, and a huge thanks to our 3 panelists – Lee Trundle, Angel Rangel and Tom Carroll.
BayTv News feature (3:21-6:11 minute mark & 32:00-34:30 for Welsh language feature)