40 volunteers and Fans’ Embassies staff met in Paris from 27 to 29 May in order to get the latest information on their job during the tournament and to train their skills.
The last event for RESPECT FAN CULTURE - Fans’ Embassies at EURO 2016 and their numerous volunteers ahead of the tournament took place in Paris/France where Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and Concordia welcomed more than 40 attendees for training sessions in the fields of fan hosting, security and media work. The participants were also given latest information about the situations in the different EURO 2016 host cities.
FSE’s project manager for the Fans’ Embassies, Ronan Evain, said:
It has been a weekend of hard work for all volunteers, but everybody is now looking forward to getting started. We are lucky enough to work with professional and enthusiastic fans representatives, aware of the specific challenges of the EURO 2016.
There will be at least 17 RESPECT FAN CULTURE - Fans' Embassies during the tournaments, providing information and advice to supporters from Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales. Furthermore, alternative support services will be provided by fans for fans from Austria.
160 volunteers and staff members will be in service and open for any enquiries from supporters around their teams’ matches as well as journalists. Unregularly the Fans Embassies will furthermore organize special events for fans in dedicated host cities.
FSE will provide any important information about the Fans’ Embassy services prior to their teams’ matches, including opening hours and location as well as potential special events via Facebook and Twitter. Journalists working at the tournament will find information in the UEFA Media Centre of the respective host city, including media contacts.
Fans' Embassy is the name that has been given to an advice, information and support service for football supporters travelling to international tournaments or away games in foreign countries, organised by fans and for fans. For more than 20 years Fans' Embassy initiatives have contributed to festive atmospheres and reduced tensions and violence at major tournaments. Developed by supporters, the concept today is recognized as best practice policy in the area of safety & prevention at European level.