Centre For Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)

CAFE_emailAbout:
CAFE is working with supporters, clubs and governing bodies towards one clear goal: to build a more accessible and inclusive match-day experience for disabled supporters across Europe.

Mission:

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).

The Guide:
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.

Contact:
Website: www.cafefootball.eu
Blog: www.cafefootball.eu/blog
Social Media: FacebookTwitter, YouTube

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