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  • Celtic receive European award for promoting access and inclusion

    Celtic receive European award for promoting access and inclusion

    By: Newsroom Staff on 16 Nov, 2018 17:01

  • CELTIC are delighted to announce that the club and disabled supporters have been honoured by the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) for their work in promoting access for all.

    At a conference in Bilbao, Spain today (Friday), Celtic FC and the Celtic Disabled Supporters' Association (CDSA) were presented with a special Collaboration Award - to mark an ongoing commitment to the delivery of facilities and initiatives promoting access and inclusion.

    Accepting the award were Peter Ritchie and Kevin Mackin from the CDSA, and Alexis Dobbin, Celtic's Disability Access Officer (pictured above with Edgar Davids) 

    CAFE are presenting four Access and Inclusion Champions awards at its third International Conference – ‘Total Football Total Access’ - in Bilbao.

    The International CAFE Conference is the largest event of its kind, bringing together key stakeholders from across all levels of the game in Europe to promote access and inclusion.

    To celebrate some of the great achievements taking place across Europe, CAFE will present the following four awards:

    - The club initiative award

    - The collaboration award

    - The national association initiative award

    - The special recognition award

    CAFE, which is funded by UEFA as a Corporate & Social Responsibility partner, estimates that at least 500,000 disabled people within the extended UEFA European region are likely to be active football supporters with many more aspiring to become match-going supporters.

    Disabled people have the right to enjoy football, sports and all forms of entertainment in the same way as everyone else. This applies to football at all levels.

    More and more disabled football supporters wish to travel to football matches and tournaments both at home and abroad. As access improves, more and more disabled people will feel able to attend major tournaments alongside their fellow supporters.

    By inspiring many more disabled people to attend live matches and to get involved in local volunteering activities, CAFE aims to stimulate social inclusion, encourage interaction between citizens and contribute to intercultural learning and bring to the fore both Europe’s diversity and unity.

    As a club for everyone, Celtic has worked closely with CAFE in recent years and shares this important vision of access for all. The club has worked on a number of new initiatives in recent times, including the development of a new ambulant disabled seating section at the NW Platform (Tommy Burns View), provision of a new information leaflet for fans, fantastic new Audio programme notes for visually impaired supporters, accessible menus at food and drink kiosks and the appointment of a dedicated Disability Access Officer.

    At our recent home match against RB Leipzig, we also introduced a new updated Audio Description system in our Visually Impaired supporters’ section which will allow more fans to enjoy the commentary.

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to accept this prestigious award from CAFE which demonstrates our real commitment to promoting access for all in football. Celtic is for everyone and we have worked hard to ensure that we understand the different needs of our supporters who face various forms of disability.

    “We dedicate this award to all our disabled supporters who give such commitment to the club and we can assure these fans that we will continue to work with them to deliver a positive and welcoming experience for all at Celtic Park.”

    Peter Joyce, Chairman of the CDSA added: "The CDSA are also delighted to be recognised by CAFE with this award for our work with Celtic. Considering the number of clubs in Europe, it is an honour to be chosen for this above others.

    “We are working closer with Celtic than we have ever been and this is bringing added benefits for our members. We will continue to develop initiatives to improve facilities and promote inclusion at Celtic Park and elsewhere."

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