Newsletters


Recent CADSA members' newsletters.

August 2021
Hello again folks – it's been a while!
As the new season is starting soon, 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 been happening.
We are re-introducing refunds for Charlton disabled supporters attending up to 3 away league matches this year (up to December 26th) and a further 3 for the rest of the season (from January 8th to April 30th). The dates of the matches may change but they are all covered under the scheme. Just Email cadsa@cafc.co.uk after you have attended the match/es and keep your proof of purchase. All we ask is that you have been a member of CADSA for 6 months prior to the first match you claim for.
We also had our “lockdown” CADSA Player of the Season vote take place with Jake Forster-Caskey winning with 50% of the vote and Chucks Aneke coming second with 41%.
Right, back to the coming season and a few restrictions that are 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. All disabled supporters should receive an Email from the club soon asking if they require a lift pass for the full season ahead (or on a match by match basis).
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 prior to the Sheffield Wednesday match on Saturday and they will be kept in reception until all are collected.
Now, the important bit – booze!
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.
ALL food and drink outlets will only be accepting cashless payments for the foreseeable future so don't forget your card! Anyone not buying their round because they have forgotten their card should be reported to the relevant authorities!
If I am told of any other issues that may affect disabled supporters I'll get the information to you as soon as I can.
Anyway, don't forget that you still need to stay as safe as possible, even with the so-called freedoms in place, and enjoy the football.
Oh, and give Thomas Sandgaard a shout, I think he deserves it!
All the best.
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CADSA Spring/Summer 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest CADSA Newsletter.

Firstly, I hope that you are all keeping safe and well.

Very little has occurred since I last contacted you, for obvious reasons, although voting on the 2020 Player Of The Season resulted in a convincing win for Dillon Phillips.

With the remainder of the season provisionally set for a restart during the weekend of 20th June no decisions have been made on what this will involve as far as being “behind closed doors” or how social distancing will take shape once fans are allowed to attend matches, particularly with the additional difficulties of disabled supporters, but at least it seems that we are slowly getting back to some sort of normality even if not all things will be the same.

It seems the ongoing saga of our so called takeover is rolling on with the latest reports of events, which can be read here: https://www.cafc.co.uk/news/view/5ed0b961124a7/director-marian-mihail-answers-questions-from-supporters-trust-29052020

Also, the Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust have begun the Our Club Our Future initiative, details can be found here: https://www.castrust.org/2020/05/sign-up-if-you-love-charlton/

The regular questions to director Marian Mihail are continuing with a request for CADSA members to offer questions to be put to the director soon. If you have anything you wish to be included please contact CADSA on cadsa@cafc.co.uk by Monday 1st June with your question. Sorry for the short notice.

Hopefully things will become a little clearer in the coming weeks but in the meantime please continue to stay safe and I will contact you with the details of any decisions that effect disabled supporters when they are available.

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FEBRUARY 2019 

Hello all, here is another of our newsletters to add to your collection! 
It has been a while since the last one so I hope your New Year has been OK so far, and that includes attending Charlton matches. 
We are holding a Committee Meeting at the Bugle Horn, Charlton Village on Thursday 28th February at 8pm so if you have any matters regarding disability at the club please get back to me at  cadsa@cafc.co.uk  and we will discuss your comments at the meeting. 
Similarly, the club are holding a Fans' Forum meeting this Wednesday 20th February so, again, if you have any matters you wish to be raised please get back in contact by Wednesday afternoon. 
Level Playing Field, the organisation that promotes disability attendance at various sporting events in Britain and abroad, hold an annual event called Weeks Of Action where individual clubs can highlight their disabled fans. We are going to have a “pennant swap” with the Portsmouth Disabled Supporters Association at our match on 9th March and the photos will be available on our website at http://www.cadsa.org.uk ​ 
Following on from some concerns over the condition of a few of the headphones supplied to the partially sighted and blind fans at the club we have purchased six new ones which were available from the Southend match onwards and can be collected from the West Stand reception pre match. 
Finally, the EFL are asking fans to take part in a fans survey which can be found at https://www.cafc.co.uk/news/view/5c582695a1457/efl-launches-new-survey-for-supporters
OK,so let's hope for the right results for the remaining matches and I'll see you at Wembley?  Fingers crossed. 
All the best.

Tony Farrell  

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