We encourage you to be creative when planning your activities and initiatives for the CAFE Week of Action 2017. The most effective actions are often those that live long in the memory, and the more inventive ideas are sure to do this.
Some of the activities that have taken place during the CAFE Week of Action have included:
- Welcoming more disabled people to attend a live match
- Pre-match and half time ceremonies with a statement of support from the team captains
- Players entering the field wearing CAFE Week of Action t-shirts and carrying Week of Action banners
- Dedicated articles published on websites, in matchday programmes and club magazines
- Creation of new disabled supporters groups or events hosted with existing groups
- Improvements to accessible stadium facilities and implementation of accessible matchday services for disabled fans, including audio descriptive commentary for partially sighted and blind fans
- Disability inclusion and etiquette training seminars for club personnel
- Appointment of local CAFE Week of Action ambassadors
- Updates to club/stadium websites to include user-friendly information, in an accessible format, about getting to your stadium on matchdays as a disabled person and the accessible facilities and services you offer
- Publishing disabled fans’ stories about their typical matchday experience, e.g. ‘a day in the life of a disabled supporter’
- Promotion and raised awareness about accessible facilities
- Showing a video of the works your club does with disabled supporters, or a video promoting access and inclusion, on stadium screens
- Disabled fans selected as matchday player escorts / mascots, or to ‘kick off’ the match
- Disabled fan of the season competitions, or recognition of a member of staff, a steward or volunteer who has worked hard to assist disabled fans in the last year (or nominate someone to receive a CAFE Week of Action award)
- Inviting disabled people from a local school, rehabilitation centre or association to a match (they may in turn become lifetime fans)
- Working with local disability organisations and charities to encourage new disabled fans
Or you could do something completely new and different!
If you would like to discuss your ideas further with CAFE, feel free to contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 (0)20 8621 2405.