EE, as the main partner to all England teams and Wembley Stadium, today announced a range of initiatives to support the growth of disability football on and off the pitch and to ensure the game is as inclusive as possible for fans and spectators with disabilities.
A three-year commitment has been agreed to exclusively broadcast the FA Disability Cup live live on BT Sport and for the second year running the competition will be the most accessible live coverage of a British football match.
The FA Disability Cup 2022 has six cup finals scheduled over the weekend, run by The FA in conjunction with a range of disability organisations. The cup is the largest competition of its kind in this country and ensures players in disability football have an FA national competition to call their own, complete with dreams of reaching the final weekend at St George’s Park.
BT Sport will be showing every match on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June with live coverage starting at 10am each day and featuring TV presenter and Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan, seven-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft and BT Sport – Presenter Lynsey Hipgrave is presented. Live coverage of all finals will be shown on three BT Sport channels each day, each with different accessibility features.
- Enhanced audio description, delivered by an expert at St George’s Park, will be available and BT Sport Extra 1 will broadcast British Sign Language, with closed captioning available on BT Sport 1 & 3.
- BT Sport will also be streaming all finals live on both days via the BT Sport Facebook page (facebook.com/btsport) and the BT Sport app for mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, media adapters and games consoles.
- Highlights coverage will be available on Channel 4 on Saturday 18thth June at 12 p.m., then available on All4.
Baroness Sue Campbell, That The FA Director of Women’s Football and the Organization’s Strategic Co-Head of Disability Football said: “This year’s FA Disability Cup is back, bigger and better than ever and we’re delighted to have the action live on BT again as part of it Sport broadcast is a new three-year commitment.
“We hope the presentation will give even more players the confidence to return or take the first step on their path to disability football and encourage everyone to get involved in this exciting weekend of football.”
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director, BT & EE said: “As a principal partner of The FA, EE is committed to growing disability football in this country by offering more opportunity and a greater presence at all levels of the game, and we looking forward to working together The FA as disability football continues to grow.”
Jamie Hindhaugh, Head of BT Sport, said: “Last year’s FA Disability Cup was a huge success with two days of hard-fought, fantastic football broadcast live on BT Sport and we look forward to more of the same this year.”
These initiatives are the latest in EE’s commitment to parafootball and disability football as part of the ‘4-3-3’ strategy, a five-year plan to use technology and innovation in football communities across the UK to transform the lives of millions of players, coaches and fans.
EE and The FA have recently opened two multi-purpose sensory rooms at Wembley Stadium, unveiled at the Emirates FA Cup 2022 Final, to better accommodate neurodivergent guests and their families. Wembley Stadium is the country’s first venue to offer two sensory spaces, providing guests who would normally find the stadium experience challenging, a safe and comfortable place to enjoy events and matchdays.