UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud van Nistelrooy is supporting this week’s Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)’s ‘Total football, total access’ campaign.
To support UEFA social responsibility partner the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)
, UEFA Champions League ambassador van Nistelrooy shares his personal experience with disabled fans, respects his disabled niece’s determination, and gives advice to people willing to work in footbal in the video interview above.
When UEFA.org asked a former player ‘do you have a special memory with disabled fans?’ Ruud responded…
“Definitely, I remember at Manchester United there is a disabled stand behind the goal and I think the access there was fantastic. Everything was created so that disabled people could come to Old Trafford and watch the game.
“After the game there were also moments where we, as players, passed by for autographs, photos. I really enjoyed it, it was always great to see that disabled people are able to go to matches, to go to see games.”
Ruud believes disabled people can also work in football. Why not?
He added: A disability doesn’t mean that a person can’t function the same as a non-disabled person. I think that it doesn’t matter if you are disabled or not. I have a niece who is severely disabled and she is an inspiration to me as well.
“What she is able to do with her life and the mental strength she shows is fantastic. It’s an inspiration to get everything out of your life.”