UEFA EURO 2024 Volunteer Tandem programme kicks off in Cologne

April 26, 2024

The UEFA EURO 2024 Volunteer Tandem Programme is particularly notable for its inclusive approach, especially in its commitment to integrating volunteers with disabilities. This initiative ensures that all volunteers, regardless of ability, are given the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the event.

In Cologne, a remarkable example of this commitment can be seen where 50 individuals with disabilities have been paired with tandem partners. These pairs work collaboratively, allowing each individual to leverage their strengths while supporting each other’s needs. This not only enhances their effectiveness as volunteers but also fosters a deeper sense of camaraderie and mutual respect.

Celia Šašić, a prominent advocate for inclusivity and UEFA EURO 2024 ambassador, has highlighted the importance of such initiatives. She points out that integrating volunteers with disabilities enriches the volunteer pool with diverse perspectives and strengthens the community ethos of the event. The tandem arrangement in Cologne exemplifies how tailored accommodations and thoughtful pairing can empower all volunteers to participate fully and make significant contributions to the tournament’s success.

This approach not only ensures the operational success of UEFA EURO 2024 but also champions a broader cultural shift towards inclusivity and accessibility in large-scale events, paving the way for a more inclusive future in sports and beyond.