04 February 2012

Pioneering alliance with Red Cross

FC Barcelona and the Red Cross have signed a collaboration agreement and have presented the ‘T’acompanyem’ project, in which the organisations will be working together to cater for the needs of people with locomotor problems. The agreement will run initially for the next four years. President Rosell has said today that the agreement “shows that the club is as strong as iron at the moment: socially, sporting and financially, we’re getting better day by day”.

Barça and the Red Cross have signed an institutional collaboration agreement for the next four years for the implantation of actions of a social nature that will help to promote the synergies of solidarity and social commitment. Among other actions, this includes the 'T'acompanyem' project, designed to significantly improve care for Barça fans and members with difficulties or disabilities.

The agreement was presented today in the Sala Ricard Maxenchs by president Sandro Rosell, the vice president of the Institutional Area, Jordi Cardoner, and the president of the Red Cross in Catalonia, Josep Marquès.

Rosell declared that the agreement "shows that the club is as strong as iron at the moment: socially, sporting and financially, we're getting better day by day". Vice president Cardoner added that "fortunately we have elderly members and we don't want their enjoyment of football to be limited in any way". Marquès, considered the agreement to be "the beginning of a very important bond ... I hope it can be forever".

'T'acompanyem' is a pioneering initiative in the world of football that caters specifically for the mobility needs of the members and fans watching games at the Camp Nou that have locomotor difficulties. Thanks to specially trained Red Cross volunteers, a pilot care and support service is being set up for people with disabilities or mobility problems on match days at the weekend.

The project focuses on two main areas: accompanying people from the care points on the Camp Nou grounds to their seats before the match and when it is over and the accompaniment of a small group of FC Barcelona members from their homes to the Camp Nou in an adapted Red Cross vehicle. Twenty volunteers will be working on the service every match day. (via FCBarcelona.cat)