A HALF-TIME bridie and bovril this afternoon can be enjoyed whilst watching Pars legends roll back the years in support of inclusivity in football.

Dunfermline Athletic are once more joining forces with clubs from more than 20 countries across Europe to give their backing to UEFA's Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFÉ) in their 11th annual week of action, and have lined up a special interval treat to mark the occasion.

A team of Pars heroes from yesteryear, including former skipper, Scott Thomson; 1996 title winning legends Andy Tod and Hamish French; and 1980s goalscoring star, John Watson, will play an exhibition match against Scotland's national cerebral palsy team.

It will mark CAFÉ's week of action, which aims to promote both the health and social benefits of participation in football, and remove perceived barriers and encourage inclusion for those with disabilities, whether as spectators or players.

The football club, and the Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters Club (DADSC) have supported CAFÉ's week of action in recent years and Graham Ross, the Pars' disability access officer, commented: "As a club, we always strive to put our community at the heart of everything we do, therefore, every year, we embrace CAFÉ’s week of action as it gives us an opportunity to really encourage inclusion within our fanbase, and to help promote the opportunities that are out there, not just for our regular supporters, but the wider community.

"Not only do we want to support fans and give them the confidence to attend matches, but we are keen that they themselves give sport a try as the benefits are massive, not only in terms of physical health, but mental health too.

"This year we are absolutely thrilled to welcome our National Cerebral Palsy team along to the KDM at East End Park for what I am sure will be a memorable afternoon's football. The national team have gone from strength to strength in the last 10 years, and join us on the back of taking part in the World Championships in Sardinia in October, where they competed against Italy, South Korea and Chile.

"After progressing through the group stages, Scotland made it all the way to final, where they finished in second place to winners Columbia. This year, in May, they are on their travels once again, where Scotland travel back to Italy to compete in the Euro Championships against some of the best teams in the world, such as number one seeds Ukraine, along with the likes of England, Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. Scotland have previously been ranked as highly as sixth in the world, which is a phenomenal achievement."

As well as Thomson, Tod, French and Watson, the Pars legends team will consist of Graeme Robertson, who is also a coach with the national cerebral palsy team; former goalkeeping coach, Davie Westwood; and 15-year-old, under-18s player John Tod, son of Andy and brother of midfielder Andrew, who is currently on loan at Elgin City.

The national cerebral palsy team is made up of players not only with the condition, but those who have also suffered from the effects of a stroke or other acquired brain injury.

To find out more about the team, and on how to get involved, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.