Commentary for the blind – 1. FC Köln

Type of activity: Commentary for blind and visually impaired supporters at the Rhine Energy Stadium.

Target group: Blind and partially sighted football fans.

Topic addressed: Equality and disability.

Values created: Inclusion and sense of belonging.

Project impact: The initiative is recognised by the European not-for-profit Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE).

Project Description

At the Rhine Energy stadium, blind and partially sighted supporters have access to the audio-descriptive commentary of the game.

Trained volunteers and specially assigned radio commentators are responsible for making the audio-descriptive commentaries.

Audio-descriptive commentary of the match is provided via 30 headsets that are given out before kick off. These are then collected at full time.

There are 30 dedicated seats for partially sighted and blind fans, located in block O6 of the stadium. This includes 2 seats for away fans. Complimentary companion seats are adjacent to the disabled fan’s seat.

With this initiative in place for visually impaired people we can say we have the facilities to integrate everyone on match days at the stadium. Our understanding of what a unique professional football club should be for the region and beyond motivates us to offer this audio-descriptive commentary. People with vision limitation have been coming for years now to see the matches.” Wolfgang Gommersbach, responsible for Commentary for the blind initiative.

Main outputs

● Create inclusive experiences for blind and partially-sighted fans

About 1. FC Köln

FC Köln is a German professional club based in Cologne. It was formed in 1948 as a merger of the clubs Kölner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg Sülz 07.