Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association

NUDSA was formed in September 1998 to represent the interests of the disabled supporters of Newcastle United. It was an important time to establish NUDSA, as the ground improvements being undertaken at St. James' Park provided an opportunity for disabled fans to collectively lobby the football club with their ideas. It was also relevant that the government-appointed Football Task Force had just published their report of recommendations and NUDSA has been able to develop its policies in line with some of these recommendations.

NUDSA was awarded Charity status at the beginning of 2001. NUDSA is a member of the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS), which is progressing the Task Force recommendations with Government backing. The NUDSA Committee meets each month to develop the Association and discuss issues affecting the disabled supporters of Newcastle United. General meetings have been held regularly. Since early 1999, members of the NUDSA Committee have met regularly with officials of Newcastle United, primarily Safety Officer, Dave Patterson, and more recently the club's Disability Liaison Officer.

Social events are held on a regular basis and NUDSA aims to hold at least 4 per year. These are normally held in function rooms at St. James' Park. They have featured talk-ins with players including Alan Shearer, Warren Barton, Gary Speed, Robert Lee, Shay Given and Nol Solano, lifetime patron Aaron Hughes, Lumana Lua Lua and other guest celebrities, as well as quizzes, entertainment and refreshments. Functions have proven to be very popular. Every season, NUDSA members vote for their favourite player and the winner receives the Player Of The Year trophy at one of the events. A regular newsletter called the 'Toon Times', which has grown significantly in size since the first edition, is mailed out to NUDSA members. Articles, letters are welcome and should be sent to The Secretary. NUDSA has a rapidly growing junior section called the "ZEBRAS". New members receive a welcome pack, and a birthday card signed by their favorite player each year. There are events, trips and competitions organised specifically for ZEBRAS members.

NUDSA organises coach trips to away games over the season. Using specially adapted coaches with a lift that can take a number of fixed and collapsible wheelchairs, the trips are dependent on the amount of wheelchair tickets we can get, as many grounds have restricted numbers. NUDSA aims to work with other clubs and national bodies to increase the number of spaces available so that excursions to more grounds can be organized.

NUDSA plans to help fans occupying normal season tickets, as well as those in specially designed areas of the ground, who have some form of disability, or may develop limitations as they get older. NUDSA campaigns to improve how the many disabled supporters, unable to go to the games at all, can see more games and support the club better than they can today NUDSA have raised funds and will continue to do so in order to achieve all of its objectives. These have come from donations, raffles, sales of brand merchandise (Pin badges, T-shirts. Take a look at the "Shop" for all items). Any donations will be gratefully received.