Former Kidz Board member, Nathan Mattick, is the first wheelchair user to qualify as a football referee in the UK.
In his ’30 Stories’ interview, he ‘tackles’ tech, describing how some wheelchairs just don’t have the battery power to sustain a full football game on the pitch.
‘Oi ref!’ suddenly has a whole new meaning when the ref can’t move because his wheelchair battery has run down.
He also describes the pain and process that a wheelchair user has to go through to get from A to B, on what should be a straightforward train journey.
“Travelling is a nightmare for me,” he says. Whatever happened to the accessibility revolution from the 2012 Paralympics?
Nathan appeals to the PM to prioritise changes required to the built environment and transport systems.
Afterall, we are in a new decade.