CAFE will be working alongside national associations and leagues in Belgium, France and Germany, as well national disabled supporters associations from each country, and Universidade Europeia - Portugal (ENSILIS):

BBAG logoBundesbehindertenfanarbeitsgemeinschaft e.V. (BBAG) – German National Disabled Supporters Association

The Bundesbehindertenfanarbeitsgemeinschaft e.V. (BBAG) is the German umbrella organisation for football fans with different disabilities. Members of the BBAG are both disabled supporter groups and football clubs and their disabled liaison / access officers. Most of the members are connected to clubs from the first division, the Bundesliga, to the fourth division.

The BBAG started its activities in 1999 and was founded as a charity organisation in 2003. Its main purpose is to advise the two associations in German football, Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) and Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL), in all issues concerning disabled people.

The BBAG also lobbies on a national level towards the relevant stakeholders in German politics. Furthermore, its aim is to support German football clubs, both professional and non-professional, to improve their services for disabled supporters and to design their stadia accessibly.

Inter LogoAgentschap Toegankelijk Vlaanderen, private stichting (Inter) - Belgian National Disabled Supporters Association

Agentschap Toegankelijk Vlaanderen, private stichting (Inter) is the Belgian National Disabled Supporters Association (NDSA). Inter started a platform for disabled fans under the branch Inside more than ten years ago and still coordinates the organisation.

Every year, representatives from different football clubs and their disabled supporters associations meet and discuss accessibility topics. Usually, representatives from the professional clubs (community managers, Disability Access Officers) and the Belgian Football Association and Pro League are also in attendance.

Inter aims to create an accessible and inclusive society in which everyone, with or without disability, can participate equally and independently. People feel limited if the environment does not adapt to their possibilities. That is why Inter offers support that makes the environment accessible, usable, understandable and comfortable for everyone.

FFSFHFédération Française de Supporters de Football Handicapés (FFSFH) – French National Disabled Supporters Association

The Fédération Française de Supporters de Football Handicapés (F.F.S.F.H.) was established in October 2015 and unites 5 club DSAs in France. FFSFH acts as the representative voice for disabled spectators at the Instance Nationale du Suppoertérisme (INS), under the Minister of Sports in France.

The FFSFH aims to gather and lead disabled fans and their associations in order to raise awareness and understanding within the footballing environment about their needs. The NDSA also provides support for DSAs at club level in their missions and establishing an overview of stadia information for disabled fans and particularly for away supporters traveling within France and abroad.

RBFAUnion Royale Belge des Societes de Football-Association (RBFA) – Belgian National Association

Union Royale Belge des Societes de Football-Association (RBFA) is a national sport federation that officially represents Belgian Football.The RBFA is responsible for the administrative and sportive organisation of Belgian Football and is also responsible for the national football teams.

The RBFA goals are to promote football in all these forms and to develop initiatives to create awareness about their core values: fair-play, no discrimination and respect.

RBFA focusses on the improvement of accessibility during our national football games working alongside Inter (Belgian NDSA). During match-days RBFA provides places for wheelchair users and offers Audio descriptive Commentary during games of the men’s team. The RFBA is also a partner of the national platform for supporters with disabilities in Belgium.

DFB logoDeutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (DFB) - German National Association

The German Football Association (DFB) is the umbrella association of the 21 national associations, 5 regional associations and the league association in which football is practiced across Germany.

The most important task of the DFB is the organisation of championship games and competitions, whilst representing the interests of its member associations at home and abroad.

The Association has more than 7.1 million members and 24,544 affiliated clubs, making it one of the largest social networks in Germany.

The DFB has set itself the goal of promoting fan culture and thereby contributing to the sustainable development of football. A primary focus of the association's fan work is to ensure stadium accessibility for the DFB Cup final and at international matches.

Furthermore, the DFB is actively working on strategies for better accessibility and inclusion and has recently implemented sign language interpretation for all home matches of the national team.

FFF logoFederation Francaise Football (FFF) - French National Association

The Federation Francaise Football (FFF) oversees the organisation, development and promotion of the football across France. With more than 5 million people participating in football including 2.2 million registered players, the FFF is the largest sports federation in the country.

Beyond the organisation and management of grassroots, amateur football and National French Teams, the FFF aims to promote the core values of French football. This is made possible through the 400,000+ volunteers, 34,000+ coaches, 17,000+ clubs and millions of supporters. All these stakeholders contribute to offer the best conditions for practising football, whilst upholding values around inclusion and sustainable development.

Pro League logoPro League vzw-asbl (Pro League) - Belgian League

Pro League vzw-asbl (Pro League) aims to be a strong and dynamic league with an efficient decision-making process, run by a team that is independent of the clubs, but at their service. The management operates under the control of all clubs gathered in the General Assembly or according to the guidelines of their representatives on the Board of Directors.

Access and Inclusion form an integral part of the Pro League’s strategy and in September 2019, the Pro League organised a Disability Access Officer (DAO) Awareness Seminar for all its clubs. The aim of this exercise was to inform clubs about different types of disabilities and their implications regarding accessibility of infrastructures. For example, the different types of barriers that a match going fan can encounter when attending a football match and how to tackle them was discussed.

LFP logo

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) - French League

The Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) is an association with a mission of public service, placed under the authority of the FFF. Its role is to organise all domestic professional competitions (Ligue 1/Ligue2/League Cup) and provide support to professional clubs.

The association aims to ensure accessibility to its competitions through its CSR department as well as its Supporter Liaison Officers who work closely with DSAs and disabled fans across the country.

DFL logo

Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL) - German League

The DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL) is responsible for the organisation and marketing of professional football in Germany. This involves drawing up the fixture lists not only for the 612 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 games each season, but also for the promotion/relegation play-offs and the Supercup, as well as overseeing all player transfers.

In August 2006, the DFL established the department of "Fan Affairs". With access and inclusion as one of this department’s primary focuses, it is an important contact point for, DAOs, DSAs and disabled fans alike.

More recently the DFL has published a recommendation document on the barrier-free design of football stadiums. Theses suggestions published under the name “Barrierefrei ins Stadion'' are primarily aimed at clubs and stadium operators. They are designed to get a better understanding of disabled fans’ access requirements.

ENSILIS logoEnsilis - Educação e Formação, Unipessoal Lda - (Ensilis) - Portugese University

Ensilis - Educação e Formação, Unipessoal Lda (Ensilis) was founded in 1962 as ISLA, and renamed Ensilis - Educação e Formação in 2013. This make it both the youngest and the oldest private higher education institution in the country.

Research and innovation, employability and internationalisation are Ensilis key specilisations, supported by different fields of knowledge: Business and Law, Psychology, Design, Tourism and Hospitality, Sports & Health, Marketing and Communication and Human Resources, offering access to quality education.

Ensilis promotes active citizenship, sustainable economy and social development, throughout the academic community. The University aims to become an international reference and the first choice of students and researchers, providing a research-based learning experience, international mobility and curiosity about the world, guided by ethical and social responsibility principles.

In addition, Ensilis has implemented several Erasmus Plus projects under Erasmus Plus Key Action 2 (Reference Number: 2019-1-PT01-KA204-061315 and KA201-3469DE2E) for school and higher education.