SERIE A RULE CHANGE IS NOT GOING TO HELP COLOUR BLIND FANS
July 22, 2021
Serie A’s decision to ban green coloured shirts will not solve any problems experienced by colour blind players or supporters.
“It’s nothing to do with colour blindness as far as we’re concerned because it makes out like this will solve problems for colour blind viewers when it won’t. If you’re colour blind, grass and green shirts look slightly different to how they look for people with normal colour vision but it’s still a green kit against a green pitch so you’re seeing the same shades, there or thereabouts”, said Kathryn Albany-Ward from Colour Blind Awareness towards inews.co.uk. Albany-Ward suggested to promote the “right solutions” instead and highlighted the positive developments throughout the Euros. You can read the full article here.
Colour blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) as it is technically called, is one of the world’s most common inherited conditions, affecting an estimated 300+ million people worldwide. 1 in every 12 males and 1 in every 200 females are impacted by the condition. To address and raise awareness of this issue, the “Tackling Colour Blindness In Sport (TACBIS)” programme was created.
TACKLING COLOUR BLINDNESS IN SPORT (TACBIS)
The project is supported by EU Erasmus+ Sport funding. The project started in January 2020 and will run for three years, culminating in the presentation of the outcomes at an international conference in Bucharest and the creation of resources designed to support a variety of different sports and clubs.
The TACBIS programme partners include the EFDN, Colour Blind Awareness, Oxford Brookes University, Randers FC, and the National Football Associations of Iceland, Romania, and Portugal, and supporting partners including UEFA and the (English) Football Association. Over the course of the project, TACBIS will investigate the prevalence of colour blindness in football (amongst both fans and players), identify barriers to progression for colour blind players and coping mechanisms employed by colour blind players, as well as strategies to overcome the barriers. As a partnership, we are aiming to raise awareness for colour blindness in sport and society and promote colour blind friendly environments.