CHURCHES looking to host screenings of Euro 2012 games later this summer need to apply for a licence from UEFA.
The organisation offers free public screening licences via an on-line link and applications must be made by Friday, May 18 to ensure they are processed in time for the first kick-off on Friday, June 8 – a match between Poland and Greece.
With many churches opening their doors to create a family-friendly venue for previous big sporting events, now is the time to be planning for the Euro 2012 games.
UEFA offers the free licences with certain conditions.
“You are required to obtain a public screening licence from UEFA in order to operate a public screening event,” says a spokesperson for the organisation. “A public screening licence gives you the right to show all 31 matches. You will not have to ask for a new licence during the tournament.”
Exemptions apply if the screen is smaller than 3m diagonally, the capacity of the screening venue does not exceed 150 people and there is no admission fee or sponsorship.
Legally, you are not allowed to charge people to watch the game and you also have to broadcast the end credits.
UEFA has two types of public screening: non-commercial where everything is free, and commercial where the public screening involves any commercial activities, such as the sale of food and beverages. The non-commercial licence is free, while there are charges for a commercial licence.
For more details, log on to UEFA’s website: goo.gl/Yz16a.