Blind football to feature at UEFA disability awareness day tomorrow
Date: June 25, 2015
UEFA, the governing body for European football, is set to host a disability awareness day tomorrow, including a strong blind football component, at its HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.
In the early afternoon a panel session aimed at UEFA employees will take place. Sitting on the panel will be four experts in disability, including former England blind football team captain Dave Clarke, who played over 100 games for England and scored more than 100 international goals. Dave retired after the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
Caption: Dave Clarke in action at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Later in the afternoon a blind football ‘have-a-go’ session and exhibition match will take place at the Colovray Sports Complex, just across the road from UEFA HQ. All UEFA staff have been invited to come along, don a set of eyeshades and try the sport. They can then witness an exhibition match featuring teams from Germany and France and meet the players.
IBSA Blind Football has also been attending a two-day meeting of UEFA social responsibility partners held yesterday and today. The meeting brought together representatives from the 33 UEFA Football and Social Responsibility partners to discuss reporting processes and future UEFA initiatives to assist its partners and promote their work.
IBSA is one of UEFA’s core partners and receives annual support to develop blind football in Europe and expand playing opportunities at all levels for visually impaired footballers.