RANGERS Football Club is pleased to celebrate CAFE Week of Action 2019 at tonight’s William Hill Scottish Cup replay against Aberdeen.
The club will have a series of different initiatives at the game, including a bucket collection for Ataxia UK before the match.
Ataxia is an umbrella term for a group of neurological disorders and one type of ataxia is called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) which is normally diagnosed between 12 and 15 years old.
Symptoms usually involve poor co-ordination and clumsiness, followed by balance problems when walking and speech problems. How fast these symptoms progress varies a lot between different people, with some becoming reliant on a wheelchair.
Ataxia UK funds research into treatments and a cure, supporting those with ataxia until a cure is found.
We will also be welcoming a larger group of supporters to the Symon Lounge than usually attends our Sensory Room, known within the stadium as Broxi’s Den.
Two matchday mascots and two flag bearers have been selected from the fans who hold season tickets for Broxi’s Den for the match too.
This is after the success of welcoming Broxi’s Den members to take part in pre-match as flag bearers at the recent HJK Helsinki friendly in January.
We’ll also have stewards in specific areas of the stadium wearing our new assistive aids for supporters with have difficulty moving around the stadium – find out more about Ramble Tags HERE.
Our new ‘Rest A While’ benches will also be in place for the first time at tonight’s game, which will be located at access points around Ibrox, allowing a place for fans to take a break on their way to the stadium.
We also have new Rangers branded poncho’s and blankets, that are available to our fans and our matchday commentary service for the Rex Blind Party (RBP) continues to be available for visually impaired supporters.
Those sitting within the RBP area are given commentary receivers and headsets or earpieces to enjoy the commentary at leisure by the RBP support volunteers.
You can find out more information about accessibility to the stadium for car parking and in general by reading through the information contained within our partnership with the UK’s most trusted accessibility checker AccessAble to produce detailed accessibility information for Ibrox – more information on this can be found HERE.
Rangers will always strive to make sure that all its fans and visitors are made to feel valued and welcome.
The Club tries to make sure that access to our events and services are equal to all fans. As part of this commitment to our fans, we launched our Disability Matters Group in 2015.
The group made up of people who have a wide and varied range of disabilities and include supporters and carers of people with different kinds of access needs.
This group works closely with the Club’s Disability Access Manager and Managing Director to achieve the Clubs aims.
Over 15% of the global population is disabled, which means that there is more than one billion disabled people alive today.
The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) works to improve access and inclusion within football, so that disabled people are welcomed at all levels across the game from the grassroots to the boardrooms.
Every year since 2013, CAFE has hosted an annual celebration of disabled people and the important roles that they can play within the game.
The CAFE Week of Action has grown year-on-year, and Rangers is delighted to take part in this year’s campaign and to thank our disabled fans for their continued loyalty and support.
We are proud to join the rest of the game in celebrating Total Football #TotalAccess.
Football is the world’s most popular sport, and so it is vital that disabled people are able to take their rightful places within the game as fans, players, coaches, employees, administrators, leaders and decision makers.
Total Football #TotalAccess is not just a motto – it is the standard that the game should be aspiring to achieve. Only when football is fully accessible, inclusive and welcoming can we truly call it ‘the beautiful game’.
Rangers is committed to a game that does not discriminate, and we welcome you to join us in celebrating Total Football #TotalAccess during the CAFE Week of Action.
For more information about CAFE and the CAFE Week of Action, visit www.cafefootball.eu, email [email protected], call +44 (0)208 065 5108, or find them on Facebook (@cafefootball), Twitter (@cafefootball) and Instagram (@cafefootball.eu).