Stuart McMillan MSP visited Cappielow today (Friday 21 August) to learn more about the new commentary equipment for Greenock Morton fans who are blind or visually impaired.
CEO Dave MacKinnon met with the local MSP to demonstrate how the new equipment would work.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“Football supporters who are blind or visually impaired enjoy going to matches just as much as the next fan, which is why it’s important that clubs provide live commentary to assist them.
“This equipment means blind or visually impaired fans will be given a headset that relies on radio frequency, meaning the signal can be transmitted anywhere within the stands, so they can hear the commentary in live time. That will add to their enjoyment and I am sure the fans who will benefit from this equipment will be delighted to return to Cappielow.”
Greenock Morton CEO Dave MacKinnon added:
“Morton are committed to ensuring all fans are able to enjoy the football experience we have here at Cappielow.
“When I arrived at the club, there were issues with the current equipment in place to support blind and visually impaired fans. I wanted to improve their experience, so I am grateful to Stuart for putting us in touch with the relevant people and organisations who could help us access this equipment.
“Great credit should go to our Disability Access Officer Andy Adams, who worked with equipment providers, Rex Blind Parties, a charity committed to providing live commentary for visually impaired people at football matches in Scotland, to secure a system that would work for our stadium. Their help means Greenock Morton can better support blind and visually impaired supporters to enjoy the game to its fullest.”