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Aston Villa Foundation Academy

Aston Villa Football Club - Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6HE

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Villa Park is located to the north of Birmingham City centre, just off Trinity Road and Witton Lane.
      The postcode for the stadium is B6 6HE.
    • On non-matchdays there is parking available in front of the North Stand.
      On matchdays the nearest parking to the stadium includes; Villa Village, North Stand, Holte End, Yew Tree School, Majestic and the visiting supporters car park.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the stadium.
    • The main 2 bus routes servicing Villa Park are the No.7 and No.11.
      In addition, services 65 and 67 also operate within walking distance of Villa Park.
      Please check the timetables ahead of matches for up to date information.
      Aston Villa also operates a Villa Special bus service from Tamworth on weekend matchdays.
  • By Train View

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are not available.
  • There are not mobility aids available.

Parking

Outer Concourse and Walkways

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Academy, off the North Car Park.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'ASTON VILLA FOUNDATION Academy'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the key fob reader is 114cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are low to moderate.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the Academy, off the North Car Park.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Family Fun Zone'.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you enter.
    • There is/are 10 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides of the step(s).
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.

Outside Access (Bar - Alternative Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the main entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
    • There is also a steep ramp leading to the bar, to the left after the entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left and right, as you face the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building.
  • Circulation View
    • There are not doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
    • There are seats without armrests at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
    • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.

Changing Area (Dressing Room 1)

  • Changing Area View
    • There is a/are changing area(s) available.
    • The changing area that was surveyed is located ahead and to the left when entering the main entrance.
    • The changing area is approximately 19m from the indoor football pitch.
    • There is step-free access to the changing area.
    • The facilities available within the changing area include; standard changing rooms/cubicles, standard showers and standard toilets.
    • This is an interchangeable between male and female changing area.
    • Similar shared changing area(s) are available.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 79cm.
    • The type of flooring in the changing area is carpet.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the changing area.
    • There are changing benches or seats within the changing area.
    • There are not lockers within the changing area.
    • There is not a water dispenser available.
    • The lighting levels in the changing area are moderate to good.
  • Shower Facilities View
    • Shower facilities are available.
    • There is stepped access to the shower facilities.
    • There is one well marked step (26cm High) leading into the showers.
    • The shower head height(s) is/are fixed.
    • The height of the shower head(s) is/are 190cm.
    • The shower control type(s) is/are push.
    • There is no seat for the shower(s).
    • There is not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available for the shower(s).
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • Toilet facilities are available.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the toilet(s).
    • There is a short medium slope leading to the toilets.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • The lighting levels in the toilet(s) are moderate to good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are not available.

Indoor Football Pitch

  • The indoor football pitch is ahead as you enter the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the indoor pitch.
  • There are gaps in the safety netting for access to the indoor football pitch.
  • The surface of the indoor football pitch is astroturf.

Eating and Drinking (The Gordon Cowans Suite)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the bar.
    • The bar is located ahead and to the right when entering the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the bar.
    • For access there are double manual doors which may be difficult to open.
  • Service and Menus View
    • There is a bar where drinks can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 114cm.
    • There is not a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 71cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Access to the additional seating area is via a steep ramp.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Bar)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the service counter in the bar.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 193cm x 170cm (6ft 4in x 5ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 124cm (4ft 1in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 102cm and 162cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Step(s) (Male Standard Toilets)

  • There is a/are step(s) located in front of the entrance to the male standard toilets.
  • There is/are 2 step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located to the right of the bar.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The male toilet is located to the right of the bar.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.