U21 European Football Championship of the deaf
Baunatal is colorful, diverse and open, what was evident at the New Year’s welcome, which was themed “Inclusion and Sport”. Bringing together people with and without disabilities is the goal that has been practiced in Baunatal for many years. Inclusion means that every person naturally belongs to our society. Of course they take part in the social life in Baunatal. Two visible signs are the “Haus der Begegnung – Markt 5”, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and the sports campus recently founded by the KSV Baunatal and the “Baunataler Diakonie Kassel”, in which people with and without disabilities do sports together. This participation is not only an enrichment for people with disabilities. All people benefit from the time they spend together – especially when they do sports together.
I am delighted that in 2020 the organizers have chosen Baunatal as the venue for the U21 European Football Championships for the Deaf Sporting Youth. Baunatal is known as a sports city far beyond the borders of the region. The location in the middle of Germany and the good transport connections makes Baunatal as a host for major events popular and also the numerous well-equipped sports facilities, the enthusiastic audience and exceptionally many athletic active contribute to the good reputation of the sports city.
The fact that people with disabilities perform the same in sports as people without disabilities is already well-known in leisure time and in professional sports, and the U21 European Football Championship promises exciting games at the highest level, certainly by the sports-enthusiastic audience from Baunatal and the whole region is supported with appreciation and recognition. 300 guests from all over Europe are expected as the best young players in deaf football compete for the title of European Champion. And while sport is certainly the focus of attention during this time, it is not only a first-class sporting event, but also a celebration of encounter in Baunatal. Events like these show that sport makes an important contribution to participation in our society and brings people together.
I wish all the active people many successes. I wish all our guests a great time in our city and I wish all spectators a lot of fun and exciting football matches.