Audio commentary: the ultimate match day experience
As a part of the RFL’s ongoing commitment to disabled supporters, audio commentary will be available at the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final assisting those who are blind or visually impaired.
Audio commentary is now available at all RFL organised events including this year’s Gillette Four Nations fixtures staged in the UK.
There are now 14 trained audio commentators who are committed to improving the match day experience for blind and visually impaired spectators. The RFL is working closely with clubs to expand the service to league and cup games making the game more inclusive to those with visual difficulties.
The headsets are fully portable, so listeners can sit with family and friends instead of being restricted to seats fitted with headsets. The detailed match day action provided by trained audio commentary mean that supporters will not miss out on a drop of the ball or a surge over the try line.
Sarah Williams, the RFL’s Equity and Diversity Manager, said, “The RFL are committed to making Rugby League more accessible to supporters with disabilities. The highly skilled commentators are dedicated to improving the match day experience of blind and visually impaired spectators whilst working hard to extending this service further.”
Headsets and receivers are free of charge subject to a refundable deposit and can be pre-booked through the ticket office Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm. The dedicated telephone helpline 0844 856 1113 is available on match days in case of equipment problems or malfunction.
Clubs wishing to implement this service, can be purchase the Aural Aide equipment from Access Audio Ltd. http://www.accessaudio.co.uk