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2021/22 Fixtures 


20/21 Cup Matches
The wheelchair balcony in the Alan Curbishley Stand will be opened for all Cup matches this season.
Access will be via the Sam Bartram Gate in Lansdowne Mews
or via the lift inside the Alan Curbishley Stand gate in Harvey Gardens.
Access via the Sam Bartram gate is limited to supporters using mobility scooters smaller than Grade 3 models.
The lift can accommodate this size mobility scooter.
Tickets can only be purchased by phone (with a £2.50p transaction charge) or in person at the ticket office.
If you need to use the lift to access this area please inform the ticket office when buying your ticket.
Any problems will be dealt with by Katie Cowling, the disabled supporter's contact in the ticket office.


Covid 19 Precautions
For those supporters that feel nervous being surrounded by others that are, mostly, not wearing face coverings when attending matches the club have arranged a scheme where transfers to the
Alan Curbishley Stand Blocks A & B and the West Stand Blocks H & R are available.
This scheme is open to both Season Ticket holders and match day ticket purchasers.
Supporters should contact the Ticket Office for further details.


Access details for the start of the 20/21 Season
As the new season starts, with fans allowed back into the stadium and most of the lockdown restrictions lifted, we at CADSA have also groaned back to life (with a lot of wheezing and clanking) to give you an update on what's due to happen.
There are a few restrictions in place, for the time being at least.
An EFL ruling handed down to all clubs states that fans should not physically interact with the players and officials of the club, which means that fans will not be allowed to congregate in the car park, either pre or post match, for player signatures and photographs.
Also, the wearing of face coverings is optional for all supporters in the The Valley except for those wheelchair users and carers whose bays are situated between the two dugouts at the front of the West Stand. These supporters must wear face coverings throughout the match whilst in these bays, as per the EFL ruling.
As a reminder, all West Stand wheelchair bays must be occupied at least 15 minutes before kick-off, particularly those that involve crossing in front of the dugouts to access. You may be asked to wait until half-time to access your usual bay if you are late.
Another safety measure, introduced by the club, is that the lifts will only carry a maximum of 4 supporters at a time.
Those wheelchair users who are also season ticket holders will be automatically issued with passes if your bays are situated in the North West, North East or East stand balconies.
All lift passes can be collected from West Stand reception, or the lift steward on duty, prior to the Sheffield Wednesday match on Saturday and they will be kept in reception until all are collected.
All lounges and bars will be open with no restrictions in place. The maximum of 500 limit on supporters in the Fans Bar at any one time will also be back in place.
Half time catering orders will continue on all wheelchair balconies this season.
ALL food and drink outlets will only be accepting cashless payments for the foreseeable future so don't forget your card! 
Further details for all supporters can be found here

 

CADSA have been accepted as an affiliate member of the
Football Supporters Association








Charlton Athletic Women fixtures 2021/22



CADSA Player Of The Season 2020/2021.
The results are 
with 3% of the vote: Ben Amos, Ryan Innis and Akin Famewo.
Runner up with 41% of the vote: Chuks Aneke and
the winner with 50% of the vote: Jake Forster-Caskey

   
Runner up Chuks Aneke and winner Jake Forster-Caskey





 
Measures in place for 2020/21 Season
when supporters are allowed into The Valley.
Disabled supporters will be contacted before ​every match so that they can supply details of the carer
attending that match with them - no fan numbers will be required.
Supporters should try to keep a 1 metre distance from each other unless in their Social Bubble or with their carer.
Masks/ face coverings must be worn in all areas of the stadium unless medical factors prevent this.
The maximum capacity of The Valley will be restricted to 8,200 with ticket priority being given to season ticket holders.
Any seats remaining will be sold on a match by match basis using the club's points system.
All supporters will be contacted with details of their 20 minute window for accessing the ground,
as will all supporters who have had to be relocated from their usual seats/spaces. 
"Red" areas have been put in place where no supporters are allowed access.
These are pitchside, the access path between the South and West stands to the pitch
(which means the two disabled toilets at the end of the West Stand are not available),
the first three or four rows of seating at the bottom of the lower West Stand, and one half of the West Stand car park. 
The main impact of this is that those ambulant supporters seated in the affected areas of the lower West and
ALL wheelchair users at the front of the West Stand will have to be relocated.
These fans will be consulted individually.
The South Stand will be open for home fans. No visiting team's fans will be allowed in.
Access to the South and West Stands are via Lansdown Mews and Valley Grove only.
Access to the East, North, and North West Stands are via Harvey Gardens.
All lifts, except in West Stand reception, are operating with reduced numbers of supporters allowed in.
Every second turnstile in all areas of the stadium will be closed but with reduced capacity
and allocated access times this should not affect waiting times.
Supporters leaving the ground will be separated block by block and row by row.
This may add approx' 5 minutes to leaving times. 
If you are bringing a bag with you to the match it should be a clear plastic bag to help with the time it takes to access the ground.
"One-way" procedures are in place on all walkways in the stadium.
No food or drink kiosks are open within the stadium.
The food and drink outlets directly outside the stadium should be available.
Supporters are allowed to bring in their own food and drinks, particularly if health issues are a concern.
Collection and return of headphones will continue to be from the West Stand reception on matchdays.
The processes already in place for booking disabled car parking
and Valley Express spaces will continue for this season.

Any questions regarding disabled parking, disabled seating and any other issues arising from these new rules
which affect disabled supporters should be Emailed to Kishan Parmer at DLO@cafc.co.uk
All questions regarding ticketing and Track & Tracing should be Emailed to
Katie Cowling in the ticket office at info@cafc.co.uk



Presentation by Rick Riding (SGSA)

Sports Grounds Safety Authority
Plans for Social Distancing on matchdays can be found here

Level Playing Field Podcast
Tony Farrell was invited to join in a podcast for Level Playing Field on the subject of
how the recent ownership problems have affected clubs, as well as the effects of the lockdown.
He was joined by Richard Hill from the Luton Town DSA and their contribution comes in on the 23.43 mark.
Level Playing Field has issued the following statement:
Level Playing Field is very excited to announce that Episode 1 of ‘The Level Playing Field Podcast’ is now available to download and stream. You can listen via this link
This new monthly podcast will bring a variety of voices from all over the sporting community to discuss disability subject matters regarding sport in England and Wales.
The podcast is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Google Podcasts as well as most popular podcast streaming services.
Episode 1 focuses on the COVID Pandemic and how it has affected the sporting community on and off the field.
Guest include Watford FC, Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer, Dave Messenger,  Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity at the mental health charity MIND, as well as Chair of Luton Town Disabled Supporter Association (DSA) Richard Hill MBE and Vice-Chair of Charlton Athletic DSA, Tony Farrell.


Dillon Phillips wins the CADSA Player of the Season award 2019/20.



An online vote of CADSA Members decided that Dillon Phillips deserved the win with 53% of the vote.
Second was Naby Sarr with 18% and in third, Jason Pearce with 11%
As for actually presenting the trophy, that will have to be arranged for a future date.



Denise Gough
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Denise Gough.
Both Rod and Denise had been long time members of the CADSA Committee
until recently and we all send our condolences to Rod, their family and friends.
RIP Denise.




Information on Coronavirus from Public Health England
Also, other care providers can be contacted on MindAutism UK,
Mencap 
and Age UK



Pride Of The Valley for January 2020.
Tony Garrett.
Pride Of The Valley  22.01.20 
 

CADSA Committee member, Tony Garrett, is presented with the
Pride Of The Valley award by Sam Field.
Further information here

 

CADSA Player Of The Season 2018/19





Level Playing Field's Weeks Of Action initiative.
 

As part of the Level Playing Field's Weeks Of Action initiative some members of the CADSA committee met up with the representatives of the Portsmouth DSA on Saturday 9th March to exchange each Association's pennants.



Pride Of The Valley award


The Pride Of The Valley award was given to Tony Farrell, Vice Chair/ Secretary of CADSA, on Saturday 9th March 2019 after being nominated by Heather Robertson and Rod Gough. 
The signed shirt was presented by Paul Mortimer and Carl Leaburn.



Information on the ticketing system can be found
 here.
A fee of £1.50p will be charged for each online transaction.
A purchase of any amount of available tickets for any amount of available matches, including any multi-match packages,  will be regarded as one transaction if the total amount is paid at checkout in one payment.
There is no charge for postage and the "print at home" option is still available.
Also, purchased tickets can be collected from either the drop-in centre at The Valley or the North Stand ticket office on a matchday.
For "in person" ticket purchases at The Valley on a matchday there will be a £3 fee payable on each ticket if purchased within the two hour period prior to kick-off (from 1pm for a 3pm ko, from 5.45pm for a 7.45pm ko, etc).
All phone and online facilities will close two hours prior to kick-off.


Disability Liaison
Officer
Kishan Parmar is our DLO, as well as our Health and Safety Officer, and can be contacted via The Valley reception or on DLO@cafc.co.uk

Security Bag Check:
It should be noted that if you bring a bag with you to a match at The Valley you should expect it to be searched when entering the stadium. If you have had your bag checked when entering one of the lounges or Bartrams you can expect to have it checked again when entering the stadium to take your seat.
The club have asked that you avoid bringing any bags with you if you can but,
especially with disabled supporters, this is not always possible.
The end result will be a safer day for everyone.

 
West Stand Wheelchair Bays.
Supporters using any of the West Stand wheelchair bays which require crossing
in front of either dugout to access should arrive at least 15 minutes before kick-off.
You may be directed to use an alternative bay until half-time if you arrive too late to access your own.


New Metal Pin Badges.
CADSA have purchased new metal pin badges which are available to all members.
Email us at cadsa@cafc.co.uk with your postal address and a free badge will be sent to you.



 
Lift Passes and Ticket Enquiries
Please contact the Commercial Centre for disability ticket enquiries on 03330 14 44 44.
For those supporters who regularly need the use of a lift to safely access and leave the stadium, a season long Lift Pass will be issued to the disabled supporter which will include his/her carer.
Stewards will be given, as a backup, lists of people who need to enter the ground via the lift. 
  The carer's tickets will be issued under the name of the season-ticket holder only and any change of details must be supplied to the Commercial Centre.
 

Car Parking
Email disability.parking@cafc.co.uk with your full name, seat area and the details of which matches you require parking for. 
Any requests that are not sent to the above email may not be actioned.
Alternatively, please call 0208 333 4000 and ask for Kishan Parmar.
         Bookings will be available for home matches which have tickets already on sale only.
         If you booked a space and are unable to attend, please inform the club at least 24 hours prior to match kick off.
Failure to notify the club of this will mean that you cannot book a space for the next home game. 
If this has been pre-booked your name will be removed from the list.

 For any other enquiries please email dlo@cafc.co.uk


Disability Drop Off Locations
In the event that there is no on-site parking available disabled supporters (ambulant or wheelchair) can be dropped off at the following allocated drop-off points:
West Stand: Opposite Club Shop
North Stand: Exit Gate 1 (Harvey Gardens)
Family Section: Exit Gate 2 (Harvey Gardens)
East Stand: Exit Gate 1 (Harvey Gardens) or Charlton Lane/ Lansdown Mews (NOT in Mews)
Jimmy Seed Stand: Entrance no. 4 (Valley Grove)
Drivers are advised to drop off passengers by no later than 2.15pm for a 3pm kick-off, 7pm for a 7.45pm kick-off and 11.45am for a 12.30pm kick-off. The driver then leaves the stadium area and parks away from the ground.
Please note a one-way system is in place on match day so please follow stewards' instructions.
After the game the disabled supporter can again be collected from the relevant spot once the post-game football traffic has dispersed.
For away supporters that have mobility issues, we can offer two complimentary car parking spaces which are arranged from the away DLO who then passes on that information to our DLO. These are located in our West stand car park.
Further information can be found on the club's Disabled Supporters page.
 

Half Time Catering.
Those sitting on the NW, NE, and East disabled balconies should have a member of kiosk staff visiting your seat during the first half, taking your orders for half-time refreshments (excluding alcohol), and these orders should be delivered back to your seat just before the end of the first half. The disabled fans at the front of the West Stand have a trolley service provided.
If any problems with the service occur during the course of the season please Email us at cadsa@cafc.co.uk