Last Saturday’s decisive match at San Mamés featured a sensory room for the autistic, narration for the blind, and wheelchair access for people with reduced mobility. In addition, the use of plastic will be reduced, water fountains have been installed so that volunteers and organizers can refill their water bottles, as well as improving waste management in and around the stadium.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and UEFA have worked together to ensure that the UEFA Women’s Champions League final is not only an exciting event, but also environmentally friendly and accessible to all. To achieve this, various measures have been implemented:

– Sensory room for autistic people: A space was specially designed to provide a calm and safe environment for people with autism.
– Narration for the blind: Blind or visually impaired attendees enjoyed the match with detailed, real-time narration.
– Wheelchair access: Access and comfort for people with reduced mobility is guaranteed.
– Reduction in plastic use: The use of single-use plastic was minimized throughout the stadium.
– Water fountains: They were installed so that volunteers and organizers can refill their reusable bottles, thus reducing plastic waste.
– Improved waste management: Better recycling practices will be implemented in and around the stadium.

In addition, on Saturday morning, in Lezama, an adapted and inclusive 7-a-side football match was held, underlining the commitment to integration and sport for all.

The RFEF, through its Department of Equality, Social Responsibility and Sustainability, has collaborated closely with UEFA to implement a comprehensive environmental and social sustainability plan. This collaboration has allowed the creation of a compensation fund to neutralize the tons of carbon generated by the matches organized by UEFA in Spain, investing in sustainable mobility projects and other environmental initiatives.

These funds are in addition to the sustainability projects financed by HatTrick, which have made it possible to implement narration for the blind in national team matches, create Executive Boxes 0 to raise awareness about social issues and enable relaxation rooms at matches for autistic people.

At Forever Green, we applaud these efforts that align the power of the most popular sport on the planet with fighting climate change and promoting inclusion. We hope this match is not only a sporting milestone, but also an example of how sport can be a force for social and environmental good.

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