EFDN Florence programme
The EFDN Florence programme is named after Florence Nightingale and ‘Floor’, the niece of EFDN’s CEO Hubert Rovers who suffered a spinal cord injury at the beginning of 2021 and became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 14.
What is the Florence programme?
The Florence programme is created to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for people who are not able to visit the stadium due to health or other reasons. The Florence programma allows them to be a fan of the match from a distance by using a laptop to control our robot Floor. It gives them the possibility to go around the stadium, communicate with the players and join the line-up. Floor can not only be used on matchdays but can also be used during training sessions or other club activities. If you want a fan of the club to also have this unique experience, book robot Floor below!
Who can book robot Floor?
At the moment it is only possible to make a reservation for the robot by clubs from the Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany. Clubs from these countries can make a reservation free of charge, only if they are a member of EFDN. Through the booking calendar, a reservation can be made easily.
Do you want robot Floor at your club, but is your club not from the Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will have a look what we can do for you! But keep in mind that a reservation outside of these countries is not free of charge.
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FAN of the Match from a distance
The robot is equipped with software that allows real interaction with the robot becoming the mouth, eyes, and ears of the FAN of the Match from a distance. Through an app, the young fan will be able to communicate with his /her favourite players and will be going onto the pitch before the game next to one of the players of their favourite team. The robot will also join the players in the player’s tunnel.
Partnership with Awabot
A leader in service robotics in Europe, Awabot is a French company whose mission is to deploy robotic solutions that interact naturally with humans. As the standard-setter in service robotics, Awabot is the bond that links people to robots. Since 2016, Awabot has deployed the Beam Robot with Olympique Lyonnais, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Girondins de Bordeaux and AS St-Etienne. The French Football Federation and the French Rugby Federation have also trusted the Beam robot. The telepresence device is also used in many schools around the world for sick or disabled students, to allow them to be in class and to stay in touch with their classmates and teachers.
Florence in the Netherlands
The programme started as a pilot with the 19 EFDN member clubs in the Netherlands from October until December 2021 and it was disseminated around Europe afterwards. Dutch EFDN member clubs are now able to select their preferred weekend for using the robot.
For more information, you can find the programme flyer here.