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Malvern Town’s skipper louis loader with local autistic football fan, David MartinNew Hillsider's Supporter - 11 January 2021

Malvern Town like nothing more than welcoming new supporters from the local community along to the HDANYWHERE Community Stadium.

The 'Hillsiders' media manager Andy Poole communicates. "That was the case for our Worcestershire Senior Cup tie against Worcester Raiders in December when local autistic football fan, David Martin, came along to show his support and after a thoroughly enjoyable evening, his parents Gary and Michelle, say that he is keen to return on future occasions."

“I really enjoyed my first trip to Malvern Town FC,” said David. “Grassroots football is so entertaining and I am glad that the team ran out winners in the end. It was really nice of the club to let me meet captain, Louis Loader, at the end of the game; he was really friendly and we spoke about the match. I would definitely like to come back again regularly as soon as football returns.”

Community Development Officer, Bryan Craven, added: “Malvern Town fans have been so welcoming to people of all backgrounds who have come along to support the club. I’d like to encourage anyone who during these days of lockdown is thinking about coming to the HDANYWHERE Community Stadium to get their football fix once restrictions are lifted, to do so. We have a growing community of people here who are ready to welcome all new faces who want to come along and be part of what we are building here, a local force for positivity!”

We are told that one of David's hobbies is collecting and swapping Premier League football stickers, so if anyone has any that they would like to give or swap, please contact us via the club. We firmly believe that football belongs to and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, be it as players, match officials, volunteers or spectators.

In all of our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably on grounds of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. We will ensure that we treat people fairly and with respect, whilst providing access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in and enjoy our activities.

As a club we will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discrimatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. The club will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

We have a commitment to taking positive action where inequalities exist and as we move into 2021, these are the values that we will continue to hold dear and work hard to achieve throughout the year ahead.