A FUN day was held at Rodney Parade to mark the launch of a group who aim to improve match day for people with disabilities.

Over 500 people attended the fun day held today- the first event to be held by the Newport County Disabled Supporters Association (DSA).

The day’s aim was to promote the association and gain new members, with families enjoying the attractions that included Go Karting, a bouncy castle and a dance show.

The group’s interim chairman, Colin Faulkner, said: “We are really happy with how the event went and was something for all ages to enjoy as we wanted it to be a community event.”

Organiser, Phil Ashcroft, added: “We are pleased that everyone enjoyed it and this is the first of five events in the pipeline.”

Money raised from the event will be used to make match day more comfortable for disabled people, with the group hoping to provide wheelchairs, waterproof blankets and hand warmers for fans.

Taking the opportunity to enjoy the event, were parents Charlotte Pullin and Kyle McDonnell, from Maindee, who attended with their one year old son.

They said: “We are really enjoying it. We wanted to come down to support a community event and glad we did as the sun is shining so it is lovely to have somewhere local to go.”

Also from Maindee, Lynda Kenwrick, popped to the event.

She added: “I am enjoying watching the dancers. It’s a good day out.”

Wheelchair-bound Stephen Smith, the DSA vice-chairman, said the group is hoping to use funds raised to improve the match day experience and disabled access for both home and away fans at Rodney Parade and stadiums across Britain.

"We are working with Rodney Parade at the moment but we have already had communication with clubs in the south west including Plymouth, Exeter and Swansea," he said.

More people were expected to attend an evening gig at Rodney Hall yesterday evening starring Ska tribute band 2Rude.