The Engagement of Disabled People in European Football: Best Practice Cases

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Abstract

This case study book reports on a research project exploring how European football organisations engage disabled people. Between October 2016 and March 2017 members of the football community from across the UEFA region provided important information on these engagement opportunities.

The key finding from this study revealed that;
1. Results identified a range of areas where organisations felt their performance did not match the importance of their provision. As such, room for improvement was identified, however respondents noted the general increase in resources to support these engagement activities.
2. Regional differences within the results suggest that pockets of excellence exist within the European football, which contrast with areas where improvements can be made.
3. Interviews with organisations operating best practices suggest that local context is a major factor in the quality of provision. Other factors include financial resources, human resources and competencies (developed through training) as well it being paramount that organisations possess an inclusive philosophy.

This case study report highlights the best practices in the provision of disability football and the accessibility of football stadia. We hope that this case study book can assist in our aim to foster on- going dialogue about how football can be a place for all, irrespective of ability.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • disablity
  • football
  • accesibility
  • inclusion
  • UEFA

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  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk

    Reflections on research into disability and football


    Paul James Kitchin (Speaker)

    12 Jul 2019

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    The engagement of disabled people in European Football.

    Paul James Kitchin (Speaker), & Stephen Bloomer (Speaker)

    10 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Research Output

    Determining what is, and what is not important when engaging disabled people through football

    Kitchin, P. J. & Bloomer, S., Nov 2018, Challenging the Narrative: Football Collective Conference Glasgow 2018.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Planning and managing the stadium experience 2e

    Kitchin, P. J., 1 May 2018, Managing Sport Business. 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 515-529 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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  • Promoting universal accessibility for disabled and older fans to European stadia: A Holistic Journey Sequence Approach (HOPES)

    Paramio-Salcines, J. L., Kitchin, P. J. & Downs, P., 1 May 2018, Managing Sport Business. 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 530-560 30 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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