CAFE’s purpose is inclusivity and equality of experience. As football embraces diversity in
all its forms, CAFE works to raise disability awareness throughout Europe by:
- Promoting equal access to all European football stadiums and their clubs;
- Acting as accessible stadia consultants and to recognize and share good practice wherever it exists (facilities and services);
- Establishing a European network of local and national disabled football supporters groups as user-led self-advocates at a local level;
- Enabling more disabled people to follow and get involved in football at all levels of the game.
Work and Accomplishments:
CAFE’s work includes:
- Partnering with UEFA and their 54 member associations;
- The production of ‘Access for All’ – the UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating and Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience. (see below);
- Worked with UEFA to deliver the UEFA EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits project in Poland and Ukraine;
- Act as advisors to UEFA for its tournament finals (UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League) each year;
- Support disabled fans across Europe in setting up user-led groups or association in order to help supporters become self-advocates for promoting disability awareness;
- Work closely with various European organizations including: FARE Network, Supporters Direct in Europe and Football Supporters Europe (FSE).
CAFE has produced a short guide to explain the work that they do and how football matches can be made accessible to all.
You can access the entire guide in PDF format here.