CAFE news digest - July 2015


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Welcome to the first CAFE monthly digest. Each month, we will be looking back at some of our biggest stories as well as sharing news of upcoming storylines and events. This month’s digest comes from our Managing Director, Joyce Cook OBE.


As the new football season draws ever closer, it has been a very busy and productive few weeks for us all at CAFE.


In the last few days we have launched the application process for our next international conference, taking place at the Stade de France on 30 and 31 October 2015. This will be our second major conference, the first being held at Wembley Stadium in September 2011. We are very excited to reflect on the huge strides taken since then but also to look to the future, and how our works can continue to influence positive change. The 2011 conference was a massive success and we are sure that this year’s event will be even better. If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to register as soon as possible at


On the day of the conference launch, I was in Paris attending the UEFA EURO 2016 social responsibility and sustainability one year to go press conference. President of the French Paralympic and Sporting Committee and expert member of President Hollande’s 11 Tricolore, Emmanuelle Assmann, spoke of the power that sport has to bring about change. I very much agree, and can reflect back on how access and inclusion has drastically improved in Poland and Ukraine since our works around UEFA EURO 2012 began. Emmanuelle said it best when she said, “If we just make the stadiums accessible then we haven’t done our job – we need to make stadiums and host cities accessible for all”. We are very proud to be delivering the official UEFA EURO 2016 Respect Access for All project, to ensure a warm welcome for disabled fans.


CAFE also celebrated the new UEFA Club Licensing criterion that came into force on 1 July, requiring all clubs to appoint a Disability Access Officer (DAO). This was a great day for access and inclusion, and will make a huge difference in the long term. I hope that the new DAOs will assist in improving stadium facilities for disabled fans across Europe, as well as helping to create jobs that see greater  representation of disabled employees within football. You can find out more about the new UEFA criterion at


We have also had some personnel changes at CAFE in the past few weeks. I am delighted to report that Lilian Bottriell has joined us as our new Finance Officer. Lilian will be based in the London offices and is already settling in well to her new role. Elena Karpukhina and Weronika Paszewska have both moved on to new ventures, and we wish them well in their future endeavours.


I hope that you have enjoyed our first monthly digest. Please remember that you can contact us with any queries or questions by email to, tweet @cafefootball or call +44 (0)20 8621 2405. Please also do remember to register for our conference – it is sure to be a great event promoting access and inclusion and sharing best practice.


All the best