If you want to accompany the person you care for to a live sporting event, you may be able to claim a free or discounted ticket as their carer. Each sports team, venue, and event has their own rules and policies about this though, and there can be considerable differences between them.
For example, many football clubs, including Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday, offer discounted tickets for disabled fans as well as a completely free ticket for their accompanying carer. Some clubs, including Coventry City and Charlton Athletic, do not provide discounts for those people with a disability, but do still provide one free ticket for a carer to support them. Others do things a little differently. Arsenal, for instance, have what they call their Purple Membership scheme for disabled fans, where they can pay an annual fee to access half-price match tickets for themselves and free tickets for their accompanying Personal Assistant, alongside other membership benefits.
These differences are reflected across a range of other sporting events too. For instance, the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games offered what they called ‘companion tickets’ which were free for carers and could be booked online. In contrast, the guidance given by Wimbledon in relation to their 2021 Championships was to purchase two full-price tickets – one for the person you care for and one for yourself as their carer – and then contact them to discuss it.
Since there are such big differences, it is a good idea to take a look at the specific event, club or venue you are interested in to find out what their particular policy is. You can usually find this information on their website, but you could also call or email them directly to ask.
If it is a football match you are particularly interested in attending, check out the organisation Level Playing Field, a charity supporting disabled football fans. Their website includes the contact details for the best person at each football club to get in touch with for any accessibility queries. They also list lots of other accessibility information about different clubs and stadiums that you may find helpful too.