Ekstraklasa releases video on disabled fans matchday experience
To celebrate International Day of Disabled People 2014, Poland’s top football division Ekstraklasa released a video to show how the matchday experience of disabled fans across the country has greatly improved.
Ekstraklasa recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with CAFE, and the two organisations have worked closely together over a number of years on improving access to live football matches.
CAFE’s works in Poland began in 2008, when CAFE first met with architects in Warsaw. CAFE delivered the UEFA Respect Inclusion – Football with no Limits project around UEFA EURO 2012. The project was hugely popular and resulted in many more disabled fans being able to attend live matches, with improved facilities and additional accessible services made available.
Since then, a continued legacy project has been delivered in Poland, and huge strides have been taken towards making football stadiums more accessible and welcoming for all fans.
CAFE’s Project Coordinator in Poland, Weronika Paszewska, said, “This fantastic video highlights some of the amazing changes that have been implemented across Poland, thanks to the dedication of many people in Poland to improve the matchday experience of disabled fans. CAFE, together with Ekstraklasa, are totally committed to a more inclusive experience for all disabled fans”.
CAFE Managing Director, Joyce Cook OBE said, “When we first began working in the region back in 2008 in preparation for UEFA EURO 2012, I was told that only a handful of Polish disabled fans attended games every week. Hundreds of disabled fans are now attending live matches across Poland thanks to the good works and support of all involved. A special ‘thank you’ should go to Pawel Parus and his colleagues at KKN for mobilising disabled fans locally, to the CAFE team and our Polish Ambassador, Michal Listkiewicz for his tremendous support, to Ekstraklasa for embracing this topic with a real desire to improve access to its clubs, and finally to UEFA who remains dedicated to supporting CAFE’s works to improve the situation across Europe.
To watch the video, in Polish with English subtitles, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZADj8VS-AI.