CAFE has launched a Covid-19 dedicated website section that will host all of the latest Covid-19 related news, guidance and resources. 

Earlier in the year, CAFE published a summary report of our research project into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled sports fans.

To gain a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic, and in particular the suspension of live matches, CAFE surveyed over 400 disabled fans and people with long-term health conditions, and their advocates, across Europe. Fans were asked about how being unable to attend live matches was affecting their lives and wellbeing, and any concerns that they had about the potential return to stadiums.

To supplement this report, CAFE also published a guidance note on Planning for a Return to Stadia. This document outlines 11 essential criteria for sports authorities to incorporate into their plans for the return of fans, with details and recommendations on how each can be achieved.

Both of these documents can be found within this new section, and have also been the basis of presentations made by CAFE to the UEFA FSR Committee and to the Council of Europe. 

CAFE Managing Director Joanna Deagle said, “Our research has highlighted that disabled people are concerned about attending live events and that accessibility will not be included in the preparations for the return to live matches. It is crucially important that accessibility is identified as a key issue in planning, and this is taken as an opportunity to build back better than ever before with a more inclusive, welcoming and safe matchday experience for all disabled fans".

The Covid-19 section also includes external guidance and advice from partners and stakeholders, and we will soon begin sharing stories of disabled fans' thoughts and experiences in returning to stadiums. If you would be interested in sharing your story, please email our Fans Liaison, Access and Administration Officer at [email protected] or call +44 (0)208 065 5108.

Published 26/11/2020