Making football more inclusive
- 19 July 2021
Para Football and Colour Blind Awareness both share the goal of making football a more inclusive sport, where everyone has equal access and support to enjoy the beautiful game.
Colour blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women meaning there are approximately 300 million people with colour blindness worldwide. That's almost the same number of people as the entire population of the USA!
The Colour Blind Awareness organisation advocates for people with colour blindness (colour vision deficiency) and helps individuals, clubs, businesses, and federations alike make their sport more inclusive for them.
Kathryn Albany-Ward, Founder and CEO of Colour Blind Awareness shared:
“Building upon the progress we have made with UEFA and many national football associations, leagues and clubs, we are delighted to work with Para Football to support their stakeholders in ensuring that people with colour blindness who participate in and organise Para football, whether they are players, coaches or in other roles, are properly supported to ensure they can perform to their best.”
Para Football works with national football associations/federations to develop inclusive opportunities in football at world, regional and national levels. Supporting the creation of connected, sustainable and player-centred national programmes, Para Football brings together experienced individuals and partners to provide high quality support and guidance tailored to each country and football association. It is our mission to ‘Ensure opportunity for persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others in football’.
Para Football co-founder, Sam Turner says:
“In establishing the Para Football network we are bringing together international federations, national football associations and a range of further Para Football Stakeholders. Our relationship with football governing bodies at all levels provides the perfect opportunity to not only make football more inclusive for persons with disabilities, but also to raise awareness of colour blindness and ensure our sport is a beautiful game for everyone. Colour Blind Awareness are an expert in their area and provide fantastic support to those they work with, and we are proud to have them supporting our network.”
Working together, our two organisations will work to ensure that football is a place where everyone feels included, they matter and that they can access the game on an equal basis with others in football.
Para Football - www.parafootball.com
Colour Blind Awareness - www.colourblindawareness.org
Winners of the 2022 WFS Football Without Limits Award
Para Football is absolutely delighted that football for persons with disabilities has been recognised by the World Football Summit, helping to give a vital boost to our work in disability inclusion in football.
Countries invited to join Para Football
Para Football works in partnership with FAs worldwide.
United Nations: Football for the Goals
The United Nations welcomes Para Football as an Official Member of Football for the Goals and values its commitment to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. By joining FFTG, Para Football commits to advocating for the achievement of and implementing policies aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Donate to Para Football
By making a donation, you can support Para Football to offer more programmes, develop projects and create more opportunities worldwide for persons with disabilities to play football.