HBKU’s TII delivers football commentary training to boost inclusivity
November 10 2021 09:35 PM
Nada al-Mahmeed, director of the Translation and Training Centre
Nada al-Mahmeed

The Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), in partnership with the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), is hosting a commentary training programme that will enhance the match-day experience for partially sighted and blind fans.
The training focuses on aspects of audio-descriptive commentary (ADC). This is an inclusive service that enables partially sighted and blind fans to fully enjoy live matches inside the stadium alongside their fellow supporters. Since CAFE introduced ADC at UEFA EURO 2012, many clubs have implemented the service at their stadiums.
CAFE is collaborating with TII to deliver the intensive training programme and prepare participants looking to commentate in Arabic or English. The aspiring commentators will have the opportunity to provide their services at the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 kicking off at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 30, and at the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
TII is housed at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at HBKU, and extends professional audiovisual translation services through its Translation and Training Centre.
Nada al-Mahmeed, director of the Translation and Training Centre, commented: “Inclusivity and accessibility are integral to our mission at CHSS. We are delighted to collaborate with an organisation such as CAFE."
Joanna Deagle, managing director at CAFE, said: “We look forward to working with TII to create a legacy of improved access and inclusion for all disabled people in Qatar. The availability of high-quality ADC at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and 2022 FIFA World Cup is an important step towards our shared goal of #TotalAccess and tournaments that are accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for all.”

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