UEFA has partnered with the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) to ensure disabled supporters can enjoy the tournament through full access to sports facilities and public spaces. The work on improving accessibility of sports facilities for disabled people will extend beyond the tournament itself. CAFE will continue its activities with local partners in Poland and Ukraine leaving a long-lasting legacy in the two host countries. The funding for these future projects is raised through the Official Tournament Charity. Football supporters and other benefactors are encouraged to donate money for upcoming projects with UEFA paving the way by donating €3,000 for each goal scored during the tournament.
The raised funds will be invested in the maintenance of audio-descriptive commentary during matches for blind and partially sighted football supporters in Poland and Ukraine after UEFA EURO 2012. CAFE will train local commentators and will supply specialised equipment to the stadiums in Poland and Ukraine. The donations will support workshops for football clubs and stadiums in Poland and Ukraine aiming to improve access for disabled fans. They will learn how to raise access standards and will share knowledge on stadia and club accessibility. Disabled fans networks at club and national level will also be set up. Small grants will be available to disabled fans group to implement awareness campaigns and set up supporters associations.
Larysa Sayevych, project coordinator for Donetsk, said: “I recently attended the UEFA EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion training seminar for audio descriptive commentary volunteers in Kyiv. This form of commentary is invaluable to blind and partially sighted supporters like myself, as when it is done well it paints such a vivid picture of the match. At the start of the seminar, I commented that listening to a football match was often like a black and white movie. By the end of it, I saw a rainbow”.
Every donation counts:
€5 will buy a headset so that a blind supporter can receive special audio-described commentary at a live event
€50 will provide 150 access and disability awareness information leaflets for sports clubs
€200 will help disabled people to set up a local disabled fans group – empowering disabled people to work with their clubs to improve access
€500 will train a local volunteer to deliver specialised audio-descriptive commentary to blind fans
€1500 will provide the audio-descriptive commentary equipment for a sports club
€5000 will provide accessible transport to local disabled fans on match days for a whole season
To donate, please visit: http://euro2012.cafefootball.eu/