A charity ticket sale auction launched by UEFA for Friday’s UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC in Prague has proved to be popular with football fans.
The ticket auction raised more than €10,000 in support of the pan-European charity, the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), which works with supporters, clubs and governing bodies in helping to create a more accessible and inclusive matchday experience for disabled supporters across Europe.
"We are delighted by this great news and send our warm thanks to everyone at UEFA who helped to make this possible," said CAFE managing director Joyce Cook. "The funds raised will be used to further support our projects across Europe.
"UEFA has honoured disabled fans and CAFE by once again shining a spot light on our works to ensure an inclusive match day for all. Together we can help to improve the lives of many disabled people around Europe through football and its fans."
Many of the disabled people living in Europe are football fans. As such, CAFE is working with UEFA and its partners to ensure that many more disabled supporters can attend live matches in the future. CAFE worked alongside UEFA and the host cities as the official tournament charity for UEFA EURO 2012 – with UEFA making a donation to CAFE for every goal scored in Poland and Ukraine – as well as at the latest UEFA Champions League finals, advising on improved facilities and services.
By inspiring many more disabled people to attend live matches and to get involved in local volunteering activities, CAFE is aiming to stimulate social inclusion, encourage interaction between citizens and contribute to intercultural learning, bringing Europe’s diversity and unity to the fore.
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