Audio Commentary Service
The rugby football league is committed to ensuring that all supporters, disabled and non-disabled have the best possible match day experience. As part of that commitment RFL provides audio commentary for our blind and partially sighted fans at all our centrally organised matches.
Audio description is provided using a fully portable system and as such fans attending any RFL match can sit anywhere they choose in the stadium, alongside their family, friends and other club supporters. We have a dedicated team of volunteers, all who are very committed and also excited to provide this service.
"Audio commentary is a godsend to me; it allows me to feel the full atmosphere and more importantly the unfolding of the game generated by the commentator’s audio description”.
Mr Tony Howarth, Spectator, Wigan.
“Over the years the RFL have offered the service, the audio commentators have worked harder and harder to give a more in depth visual description of the game they are commentating on. This has allowed me to become more immersed in the overall game.”
Mrs Cavell, Spectator, Leeds.
“The Audio Description service to the Rugby league fraternity of partially sighted and visually impaired has revolutionised the way that they now perceive the game. Prior to the introduction of Audio Description there only conception of the game was by word of mouth with their careers, but with the service the RFL offers we now have many trained describers who provide this service, which is much more than a commentary and provides details of the sounds and movements which probably would not be mentioned on Radio.”
Mr Harvey Wiles, Commentator, Pontefract.
Match day audio commentary can be booked through the rugby football league ticket office on telephone number 0844 856 1113. We will provide everyone with detailed information on where to collect and return receivers and headphones. Please note that a small fully refundable deposit will be required on receipt of the equipment. It is advisable to reserve these at least 48 hours prior to a match as quantities are limited.
Blind and partially sighted supporters pay for a full adult or concessionary priced ticket, but we do offer a complementary ticket for their carer/ PA and where possible we offer a free parking space.
Blind or partially sighted supporters with a guide dog should advise the rugby football league at the point of booking so that we can ensure we allocate a seat with easy access and additional leg space.