Saints lead the way with software

St. Johnstone Football Club is delighted to have become the first professional club in the UK to add Recite Me access and language software to our official website.

Ahead of tomorrow's Chris Millar Testimonial match with Aberdeen, the club has launched new software which makes the entire online content more accessible for those who are partially sighted, colour blind, or for those who do not speak English as their first language.

Supporters who access the club website will now see a round 'access' button appearing in the bottom right corner of their screen. If the visitor clicks on the button, the Recite Me toolbar will activate at the top of the website's navigation.

Offering a wide range of functionality and customisation option, Recite Me gives the visitor the option to change the font and font size, as well as the background colour.

It also offers a 'text-to-speech' function where content can be read out to the user. For website visitors whose first language is not English, the software can translate content in over 100 different languages.

Commenting on the club's launch of the Recite Me software, chairman Steve Brown said: "I'm delighted that the club is leading the way in British football with the use of this software.

"I've seen the demonstration and it's really impressive. It's easy to see the benefits for supporters with a range of difficulties with vision and other disabilities, as well as those who don't speak English as a first language.

"This investment puts St. Johnstone FC at the forefront and is great for the club."

Sandy Riach, from the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association, said: "This is a game changing piece of software which opens up a whole new world to people with disabilities.

"All of the functions make using the club website even more accessible and user friendly. It's a great piece of software development which ticks another box in making the world a more inclusive place."