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Barça hosts first meeting of European football’s disability access

Cement stairs and blue seats inside football stadiumOn January 15 and 16, the Auditori 1899 at the Camp Nou is hosting the first ever meeting of Disability Access Officers (DAO) from different member clubs, federations and leagues of the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), an advisory body associated to UEFA that was set up to guarantee that supporters with disabilities from the 55 federations in Europe can attend football matches in an integrative and difficulty-free manner.

FC Barcelona director Emili Rousaud, as manager of the club’s Specialised Services Office (Oficinad’AtencióEspecialitzada (OAE)), welcomed the representatives of 18 clubs and 12 federations, leagues and other bodies that are attending this series of workshops.
As per UEFA regulations, every club must have its own DAO, and CAFE is in charge of implementing the role of these officers in each of its members states, establishing a network between them, and holding training sessions at which examples of best practices can be shared between them.