May 17, 2022 16:00 - May 17, 2022 17:30
EFDN promotes a football accessible to all with equal opportunities for success. Through the TACBIS project (Tackling Colour Blindness in Sport), we raise awareness about the diverse issue in football related to this illness.
Consisting of 8 partners, Colour Blind Awareness, Oxford Brookes University, Portugal FA, Iceland FA, Romania FA, and Randers FC, the consortium aims to develop resources in order to help the football community to have a colour-blind friendly policy offering equal opportunities for development for all players, children, coaches. We have the intention to release resources helping the social inclusion of fans with colour-blindness. Football can be really complicated to watch when all teams are similar, when you do not see where the ball on the pitch is or when the coach does not even know who his players are. TACBIS promotes social inclusion thanks to the delivery of resources, and video animations that will help all football and sports stakeholders to understand how big some colour-blindness issues can be. We invite you to watch out the video below and the various animations. This will help you to have a better understanding of the colour blindness environment and to give you a picture of how it can be sometimes unreadable.
For anyone interested in the topic related to sports, we recommend joining the educational training webinar led by Kathryn Albany-Ward, expert from CBA (Colour Blind Awareness). To register for the Educational Training Webinar, please click on this link.
QUOTES BY EXPERTS AND AMBASSADORS
Kathryn Albany-Ward, founder of Colour Blind Awareness and expert in the field, further explained the importance of raising awareness for stakeholders in the sporting industry.
“In the EU, close to 34 million people have CVD (colour vision deficiency) – and failure to acknowledge the difficulties they face in sport risks alienating them in significant numbers, meaning they are likely to turn off TV coverage and take to social media to vent their frustrations. So it’s in sport’s interests to resolve the issues. The good news is that implementing procedures to assist and protect those with colour blindness in sport is relatively simple. Much of the time, all that’s needed is a little goodwill and forward planning, and solutions can have positive benefits for teams, fans, sponsors and broadcasters. […] The TACBIS partners have produced an animation to highlight the areas of football which can be impacted by colour blindness. We are also determined to prove the prevalence of colour blindness amongst football players, to identify the barriers to progression and the coping mechanisms employed by those affected. Colour Blind Awareness Day has been gaining momentum in the last few years, and we are excited to see it come to life this year in partnership with UEFA, the NAs and our TACBIS partners.”
Bruno Fernandes, an ambassador for the campaign, pledged his support for colourblind players and fans alike.
“Not being able to watch a UEFA Europa League or a Manchester United match on TV in full colour, to help easily distinguish between teams, referee cards and coloured objects in the stands, seems almost unimaginable to me. None of my teammates has identified as colour blind but for sure there are many in football who may face a range of difficulties when playing or watching the game. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness, provide greater information and make changes so that those who live with colour blindness don’t feel left out and experience the game to the fullest. Football is a universal language and everyone has the right to speak it clearly and confidently.”