From March 22 to April 18, the European Football for Development Network (EFDN) will highlight the social strength of European football.
During this corona crisis, the KAA Gent Foundation wants to make the difference more than ever. Upon hearing the measures to contain the virus, the KAA Gent Foundation immediately changed its operations, in the service of society.
The number of G supporters from KAA Gent has increased more than tenfold since moving to the Ghelamco Arena. At top matches we have 250 Buffalos with a disability or with limited mobility in the stadium. 10 years of working on accessibility is paying off. And yet there is still a lot of work to be done.
The 11th EFDN Congress was a huge success. Approx. 150 delegates from all over Europe met in Ghent for the 11th EFDN Conference “CSR in Football”.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the 13th and the 14th of November 140 representatives of more than 80 European clubs and their foundations, national leagues and football associations will gather in Gent for a congress about CSR & Community in European football.
The KAA Gent Foundation presents some remarkable numbers about the athletic and social cooperation between the 15 football clubs in Gent. Three years of Elk Talent Telt (Every Talent Counts) provided more opportunities for young football players, more education for trainers and board members and a healthier football environment. Movie ENG subtitles: Movie Dutch subtitles:
KAA Gent and the local football clubs in Gent participating in the Elk Talent Telt partnership join forces and unite against hate.
KAA Gent will offer more seats for wheelchairs, starting with the Play Offs 2018. Specifically, there will be 6 designated seats in block RS 232 (tier 2) 6 designated seats in block RS 438 (tier 4). The seats are located indoor at the third floor. The amount of designated seats for people in wheelchairs is increased from 30 to 42.
Yesterday, the number of bikes around the Ghelamco Arena was counted: 2840! This not only makes KAA Gent the club with the largest amount of cycling fans in the country, it's also gaining international attention. Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, received an invitation to tell Velo Buffalo's story at the international Healthy Stadia Conference at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) in London. VELO BUFFALO When the Ghelamco Arena opened, Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, started a Facebook group for and by cycling Buffalos: Velo Buffalo. Supporters who go to the stadium by bike can meet each other here online. Through Velo Buffalo, more than 700 fans share their experiences. Healthy Stadia Conference The efforts made for cycles were also noticed by the European network 'Healthy Stadia'. In April 2017, KAA Gent's community department will be one of the speakers at the Healthy Stadia Conference. This will be the fourth edition of the conference with 250 delegates expected to attend, and will celebrate 10 years of the European Healthy Stadia movement through keynote presentations and breakout sessions from a wide variety of speakers, including: governing bodies of sport, individual clubs/foundations, stadium operators, government departments (sport, health, transport), academics and health practitioners alike. Other confiremed speakers are Arsenal FC, Everton and UEFA. In March 2015 our cycling Buffalos were already mentioned at the EFDN (European Football for Development Network) conference in Manchester (Old Trafford). Earlier, KAA Gent had already received the 'Active Travel Pledge' certificate from Healthy Stadia for its efforts to motivate fans to bike and walk, for the development of cycling infrastructure, for promoting cycling and walking routes to the stadium and for motivating its fans to choose a healthy option to get to the stadium. They also made a case study about our cycling Buffalos. Fietsenstallingen In a 350 metres radius around the Ghelamco Arena 2838 fixed cycle locking facilities were built. Ghelamco Arena, entrance C: 368 spots Brico Plan-it lower level: 654 spots Brico Plan-it upper level: 656 spots Blue Towers: 224 spots Markten & Foren: 936 spots When the weather is really good, or at important games, an extra 600 mobile cycle locking facilities are installed. This amounts to a total of 3438 cycle locking facilities.