WHILE new manager Terry Butcher looks to better the club’s fortunes on the field, the newly-formed Newport County Disabled Supporters Association are also looking to make improvements off it.

The voluntary group has been launched in time for the new 2015/16 season, and will look to break new ground by improving the match day experience for all disabled fans, including away supporters.

The association will host its first fun day at Rodney Parade this Sunday, and aims to use it to promote the association, with events and attractions such as a penalty competition and access to the club shop in an attempt to boost membership to the brand new scheme.

The association is hoping that over the coming season physical changes to the ground can be made in partnership with Rodney Parade Ltd, for easier access to and from home games.

Colin Faulkner, the interim chairman of County’s DSA, said he was made aware of the difficulties some fans experience on game day as he attended matches with his wife and two sons.

The 38-year-old from Pontypool and his family didn’t miss a competitive match home or away last season and said during the campaign he noticed different challenges disability groups face on matchdays all over the country.

“I’ve got a disabled son myself and we were going to games and always had some issues,” he said. “This is for older people, people with disabilities, partially-blinded people, and for the away fans as well.

“We’re working with the club but independently, and we’re working hard behind the scenes as well to make a difference.”

The growing committee of eight people is also calling on some donations in the form of spare wheelchairs, blankets and hand warmers.

At 6.30pm on Sunday, a follow-up event will also be held inside Rodney Hall, welcoming the SKA tribute band 2Rude.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at The Tavern, The Ivy Bush, and Rob Santwris Carpets on Lower Dock Street.

All proceeds of each £6 ticket will go towards buying new match day equipment, ensuring all can enjoy matchdays in a comfortable and safe environment.

Tickets for the fun day are £2 on the door, and the event starts at 11am.

Your Argus is supporting the day. We will have our vintage delivery van at the event, and we have donated a pair of boots signed by former County player Lee Evans (Wolves and Wales U21) to be raffled.

For more information or to apply to become a member of the association visit newport-county-dsa.co.uk/ or e-mail chairman@newport-county-dsa.co.uk.