Disability Discrimination Policy

Edinburgh City Football Club

Ainslie Park

Disability Discrimination Policy


Edinburgh City Football Club is a member of the Scottish Professional Football League and plays its home matches at Ainslie Park, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Football Club fully supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. No applicant, employee or volunteer shall receive less favourable treatment because of disability.

It is in the interest of Edinburgh City Football Club and those who work or volunteer for it to ensure that all available human resource talents and skills are considered when employment opportunities or roles arise. As such Edinburgh City Football Club is committed to maintaining and managing a diverse group of people to be involved with the club

This policy is applicable to all staff, volunteers, contract workers, spectators and guests of the Club on all premises and places of work occupied by the Club.

The purpose of this policy it to ensure that Edinburgh City Football Club complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to ensure that disabled people falling within the definition of the Act are treated equally and fairly.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, in this policy:

  • DISABILITY refers to a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
  • DISABLED PERSON refers to a person with such a disability.
  • DISCRIMINATION refers to treating someone with a disability less favourably than he treats others whom have no disability, and that treatment cannot be shown to be justified in relation to the activities or circumstances involved.


Club Policy covering Part III (The Code of Practice on Services) of the Equality Act 2010

The Club is committed to ensuring that its disabled supporters and customers have as full access as is reasonably possible to make to all goods, services and facilities provided or offered to the public by the Club.

The Club has ensured that the needs of disabled people have been taken account wherever practicable. Specifically:

  • A club volunteer is made available at the turnstiles to escort individuals to the appropriate point of entry. Wheelchair access is provided at the Disabled Gate adjacent to the turnstiles located at the south east corner of the stadium
  • A number of Disabled toilet facilities are located on the ground floor of the complex and can be accessed from the entrance at the east end of the stand
  • Access to the refreshment facility is provided through the use of a club volunteer where the individual is unable to make their own way there if required

The Club recognises that not all of its facilities may be fully accessible to disabled customers and confirms that it is committed to making the necessary reasonable adjustments described by the Disability Discrimination Act and its relevant Codes of Practice to ensure full compliance with the legislation.

The Club will provide concessionary access for supporters with disabilities and free admission for their carers The Club will ensure that the scheme does not discriminate between disabled people with differing impairments.

The Club is committed to making or negotiating with Spartans Football Club for the necessary reasonable adjustments described by the Disability Discrimination Act and its relevant Codes of Practice to ensure full compliance with the legislation.

The Club in conjunction with Spartans Football Club will undertake such additional works as are reasonably required within the timescales set out in the Act.

The Club has a grievance procedure in place and guarantees to its disabled supporters and customers that any complaints of discrimination will be dealt with quickly under that procedure.

The Club has advised its staff/ volunteers that any incident of discrimination under the provisions of the Act is a serious matter and will be dealt with by the Executive Committee under the clubs disciplinary procedures.


When considering persons for employment or volunteer roles Edinburgh City Football Club will not discriminate against a disabled person:

  • In the arrangements made for the purpose of determining whom employment should be offered to.
  • In the terms under which employment is offered.
  • In deliberately refusing to offer or not offering employment to someone based on their disability.
  • In the opportunities afforded to a person (i.e. training, promotions or any other work benefit).
  • In dismissing someone or subjecting them to any detriment based on their disability.

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Reviewed 18 November 2019 – Amendments reflecting the Equality Act 2010

Reviewed 16/05/2015 – minor amendments

Reviewed 15/05/2017 – Amendments to reflect change of Stadium

Ability Access Officer:


davie_pc@hotmail.com | 07794 639025

Disability access


Edinburgh City Football Club are committed to ensure that all supporters coming to watch our matches can do so as easy and pleasurable as possible.

With this in mind we have put this short guide together for those supporters who are disabled.


The Club will utilise up to 4 turnstiles adjacent to the office complex at Ainslie Park. Dependent on the risk assessment for the fixture the Club may introduce 2 additional located to the north end of the stadium.  Should you require assistance or guidance to a suitable viewing area in the first instance please arrive at these turnstile where we will have a a member of our staff guide you through to an appropriate entry point to the viewing areas.

Car Parking

Car parking facilities for disabled supporters are located adjacent to the office complex. The allocation of spaces is on a ‘first come, first served basis’ Supporters making use of this car park must not move their vehicles at the end of the game until directed by stewards.

Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities are available in the main office building on the ground floor with toilets also available on the 1st floor near to the lift. Please note that the toilets on the upper floor also serve as a baby changing area.

Refreshment Facilities

These are located on the Southside of the park within the office complex. Should you wish to use these services please ask a member of club staff who will provide assistance to you.