Today it’s #Morethanfootball Accessibility Day!

4 April 2023

Today it’s #Morethanfootball Accessibility Day!

Ten days are left before the end of the #Morethanfootball Action Weeks campaign.

#Morethanfootball Action Weeks campaign is running till April 13 and during this period, you will be informed about special days, related to the campaign.

Annually, on April 4th, we celebrate Accessibility Action Day, on which we promote accessible sports for all with equal opportunities regarding their disability. Everyone is welcome to be part of the sports sector, regarding their intellectual or physical disabilities because we are #Morethanfootball and we want to have a positive impact on our society across Europe.

EFDN PROGRAMMES AND PARTNERSHIPS

EFDN consists of a wide range of social programmes with the purpose to include and give accessibility to everyone within the communities and use football as a tool to change their lives, especially those communities in which people with disabilities feel restricted regarding accessibility and mobility. In addition, EFDN works with partners that contribute to making a positive impact on society.

SPECIAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The EFDN Special Champions League is a new project of EFDN that provides a safe, inclusive, and active environment where young people over 15 years old with an intellectual disability can come together and play football at a level they are all comfortable with. EFDN organizes 2 to 4 European Football Festivals per year that are hosted by different EFDN members throughout the year. The tournaments are non-competitive and a way to promote greater social inclusion and acceptance of disability football within European Football clubs and the wider European population.

Through football, EFDN wants to get more young people with intellectual disabilities physically and socially active in their communities and increase integration and inclusion within society. The EFDN Special Champions League has been shaped in line with the Special Olympics philosophy, and it will provide opportunities for participants to improve their physical health, increase their confidence, meet new people, learn about others, and establish social bonds. The Special Champions League is co-funded by Erasmus+.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics is a gathering community-oriented inclusive organisation of people aiming to create a new world of inclusion, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability in order to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place โ€” one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transforming power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face. Its work goes far beyond sports events, driving social change that enables full social participation for people with ID.

Special Olympicsโ€™ approach is to deliver, high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture through Unified Sports which allows people with and without intellectual disabilities to play on the same field.

EFDN Members and their posts related to Accessibility Action Day