Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) is a European wide charity established to achieve equal access to football – Total Football Total Access. CAFE is working with key stakeholders towards one clear aim; a more accessible and inclusive matchday experience for disabled supporters across Europe.
CAFE has been funded by UEFA since its inception in 2009 when it was awarded the UEFA Monaco prize and also delivered the official UEFA EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion project in Poland and Ukraine. CAFE maintains a strong presence in both host nations, delivering an on-going legacy project having been the official charity of UEFA EURO 2012. CAFE has already begun offering support and working with UEFA on UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
Furthermore CAFE advises UEFA on its club Finals (UEFA Champions League Final, UEFA Europa League Final, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League Final) with regards to accessible facilities and services for disabled fans at the host stadiums.
In 2012, UEFA made a further commitment to access and inclusion for disabled fans by appointing CAFE as its CSR associate partner until 2017.
To assist stadiums and their clubs, UEFA and CAFE have published ‘Access for All’ – the UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating and Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience. This guide sets out UEFA and CAFE’s minimum requirements and provides a benchmark of good practice for both new and existing stadiums. Access for All is available in 13 languages via the CAFE website at www.cafefootball.eu/access-all.
“Together we can help to improve the lives of many disabled people around Europe through football and its fans”.