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Premier Rugby launches disability study

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Alastair Hignell, the BBC Radio Five Live commentator and former England International David Thomas, a former first-class cricket professional, and Mick Hogan, Premier Rugby's Community Marketing Manager, have been appointed to carry out the research.

Both Hignell and Thomas are disabled and will therefore be able to bring an invaluable personal perspective to the study.

The research, which is likely to be completed by the end of 2003, will include two visits to each Zurich Premiership ground – one on a non-match day and the other on a match day, at which a questionnaire will be given to each disabled spectator.

Questionnaires have already been distributed to a number of disabled supporters to seek views on the current facilities and what improvements should be made.

Hignell believes this is a crucial study for the clubs.

"As attendance across the Zurich Premiership continues to grow it is vital that the sport remains inclusive and accessible for everyone," said Hignell.

"This study will review every aspect of the Premiership rugby experience from booking tickets to arriving at the stadium to having a beer after the game. It will hopefully prove invaluable to the clubs as they continue to develop their stadia to meet the growing demands of the sport."

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