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Enhancing the match day experience for Town fans living with autism

We’re distributing more sensory packs to our young supporters…

27 July 2022

Back in March, we launched a new initiative in collaboration with TrustSTFC and The FSA, to provide sensory packs for young fans living with autism.

The packs include a lanyard, fidget spinner, ear defenders, pop-it tray and a stress ball, all housed in a branded drawstring bag so it can be brought to every game with ease.

These packs have been designed to improve the matchday experience for young people who struggle to stay calm and focus on tasks, and are part of both the club and the Trust’s commitment to making STFC more accessible, comfortable and friendly to all.

The idea was officially implemented at our home game against Oldham Athletic last season with the packs available for collection from the club shop, with supporters able to reserve theirs beforehand, and they proved a huge success.

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Alongside issuing the sensory packs, the club also enabled fans with autism to access The County Ground via the disabled access points to ease the stresses the football environment can bring, and this will continue moving forward.

So, with the new 2022/23 season almost upon us and our first home league game at SN1 against Salford edging ever nearer, we’ve put together another batch of sensory packs for supporters to collect.

These will be available at our scheduled Open Training session on Monday (1 August) at the stadium, and can be collected from the Club Shop.

Due to limited numbers it will be on a first-come, first-served basis and only available to children and young people with autism. They’re completely free of charge.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our shirt sponsors First City and the Swindon Town Supporters’ Trust who have funded the initiative, and we can’t wait to welcome our young fans back when the action resumes.

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