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28
Mar
2009

Final of the GDF SUEZ Cécifoot Coupe de France 2009

Arriving with their helpers from all over France, the 140 blind or partially sighted footballers will do battle within the walls of Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium and the Plaine Achille Sports Centre. These areas will be specially set up for the occasion, with the installation of sound beacons which the five member teams use to move freely around the pitch.

As a partner of the association since April 2008, when the Agreement with Cécifoot was signed, GDF SUEZ is committed to supporting the development of this sport, raising staff awareness of disability through demonstrations of Cécifoot, and supporting and advising blind or partially sighted players on their career and employment plans.

With this program, GDF SUEZ, through its 200,000 employees around the world, is restating its community values by placing a priority on the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Sport is above all a way to regain self-assurance, achieve autonomy, acquire greater physical self-confidence... For these differently abled athletes, these are all qualities which will help them successfully negotiate the process of integration into the world of work.

The Cécifoot Coupe de France 2009 is a sporting occasion in its own right, bringing together the worlds of football and disabled sports. Hundreds of spectators will attend the event for two days of sport, friendship and community spirit.

 

 

 

 

Event timetable
Friday, March 27Saturday, March 28Sunday, March 29
3 p.m.: Arrival of delegations (assembly at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium)8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony8:30 a.m.: Ranking matches
10 p.m.: Technical meeting9 a.m. – midday: knockout matches10 a.m.: Finals
 Noon – 2 p.m.: Lunch and public awareness initiatives11:45 a.m.: Closing ceremony
 2 p.m.– 5 p.m.: Remaining knockout matches2 p.m.: Departure of delegations
 5:30 p.m.: Semifinals 
 8:30 p.m.: Evening party event 
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