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Dig Inclusion makes digital access available for everyone 

For stadiums around the world, infrastructure has been created to cater for people with disabilities, however access to club websites and apps cannot be overlooked. 

In the past, stadiums had been designed so people with disability can still access the venues. As we know with COVID outbreaks, attention has now shifted towards how we get these people into the grounds by using apps and in particular to scan a QR code for contact tracing. 

As we have seen in 2021, the QR system has become a mandatory tool, while at the same time we have seen the need to go with virtual tickets, rather than the printed out copies we had always been accustomed to. 

For clubs and stadiums, they want to ensure that fan experience is at the optimal level, so that means they have to assess the accessibility for disabled people and ways for them to have entry to venues without an enormous amount of hassle. 

This is where Dig Inclusion can help. They are a digital accessibility service who ensures that football club websites and apps are equally available for everyone. 

For clubs, they should be asking themselves whether disabled fans have the same opportunity to buy tickets online as everybody else, while the other consideration should be if news feeds, match statistics, websites and apps are as user friendly as they need to be. 

For digital accessibility, Dig Inclusion takes into account people who are colour blind, dyslexic or have cognitive impairments (including people living with dementia). Through a club’s website or app design process – from the use of font, to language, to colour contrast – are all highly important so nobody feels overwhelmed when accessing a club’s resource. 

For example, if a disabled fan wants to buy some club merchandise, then they will have the same opportunity to browse and make that purchase just like any other person would, with tailored options available to assist anyone who needs it. 

When teams partner with Dig Inclusion, they are there for every step of the way, from accessible testing, research and strategy, to accessible development and content creation, and finally a check on websites, mobile apps, PDF documents and ebooks among some of the benefits. 

All of Dig Inclusion’s services are designed to help clubs keep pace in a rapidly changing digital age: 

Accessible design review: To highlight visual aspects of a design that need to be checked for accessibility, such as colour contrast and positioning. This looks at common accessibility pitfalls and turns this into what would be the ultimate experience for all customers. 

Accessibility help desk: Advice and support from someone who understands the company and what they do, offering fast response times and specialist knowledge for any stucks in the digital accessibility process. 

Mobile accessibility: Helping to get the most out of tablet and smartphone users, with those devices more often used than desktop or laptop. This is very important for disabled or elderly fans who would like to use mobile technology. 

Web accessibility: Advising organisations about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in an easy-to-understand manner, as design agencies and web developers may find it difficult to grasp or keep pace with updates as they become available. 

Disabled user testing: It’s not only digital content meeting accessibility guidelines that is important, but also making sure that the experience of a disabled person using a product is a good one. 

PDF accessibility: Accessibility guidelines are not just designed for webpages, but anything that a customer downloads is also included. Dig Inclusion can produce PDF documents that go alongside WCAG with equal access as a typical website. 

Video accessibility: When businesses make advertising material, they can be supported with transcripts, captions, subtitles, or audio descriptions that they probably would have not used before on their own. 

Ebook accessibility: Tablets have been a valuable way for people to virtually read books and other publications. An accessible ebook gives all readers instant access to fit their needs, regardless of print disability. 

Dig Inclusion provides ways for clubs to navigate the challenges associated with building an app or website for equal opportunities. To learn more on Dig Inclusion, you can find it here. 

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Football Queensland’s State Coaching Conference to return

Football Queensland has confirmed details of the State Coaching Conference, which will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Football Queensland has confirmed the return of their State Coaching Conference, which will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on Sunday, February 6, 2022. 

Hosted at the UQ St Lucia campus, the conference will bring together coaches from across Queensland and will feature guest speakers to deliver a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. 

FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer, views the 2022 State Coaching Conference as a per welcome coaches from all levels of the game. 

“Following the success of the International Football Coaching Conference Australia (IFCCA) held in 2019, Football Queensland is delighted to once again deliver a fantastic development and learning opportunity for coaches with the conference to be held in February,” Ganczer said. 

“The 2022 State Coaching Conference will welcome coaches from across Queensland, with attendees to receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points and benefit from opportunities to network with fellow coaches and guest speakers in attendance. 

“Whether you’re just starting out on your coaching journey or are on the advanced coaching pathway, the State Coaching Conference will be a great way to prepare for the 2022 season.”  

Early bird registrations for the 2022 State Coaching Conference are now open. Click here to secure your spot now. 

KEY INFORMATION 

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Venue: University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, Brisbane
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: If purchased before Tuesday, 11 January (early bird offer) – $120
*If purchased after Tuesday, 11 January – $140 

Get your delegate pass here.

Football Queensland’s 2022 State Referee Conference announced

Football Queensland has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Football Queensland (FQ) has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 next year. 

In a two-day event, the conference will welcome a variety of referees covering all levels of the game, and will feature an Assessor Seminar as a main focus for the second day.

“Football Queensland is delighted to invite match officials from across the state to join us for the upcoming State Referee Conference, which is always a highlight of the football calendar for all Queensland referees,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said. 

“Regardless of whether you’re just starting out on your refereeing journey or an established match official in the NPL Queensland, the conference is a great development opportunity and a chance to socialise with the wider refereeing community. 

“The 2021 State Referee Conference saw referees from all levels of the game come together ahead of the season to hear from guest presenters including Football Australia Head of Referees Nathan Magill. 

“Next year’s event will follow a similar structure, with guest presenters joining us for sessions on day one before the Assessor Seminar on day two will welcome assessors and any referees who wish to mentor in 2022. 

“We look forward to seeing match officials from across Queensland join us for next year’s State Referee Conference ahead of the 2022 season.” 

Further information on guest speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Register for the 2022 State Referee Conference here. 

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