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Town’s sensory pack initiative makes appearance on EFL highlights show

Project that’s transformed the way our autistic fans enjoy football at SN1 the focus of popular ITV programme…

17 January 2023

Club News

Town’s sensory pack initiative makes appearance on EFL highlights show

Project that’s transformed the way our autistic fans enjoy football at SN1 the focus of popular ITV programme…

17 January 2023

Swindon Town welcomed ITV to the County Ground for their League Two encounter with Grimsby Town at the weekend as our popular matchday sensory pack Initiative took centre stage on their EFL highlights show.

Reporter Nick Ransom met with our Chief Executive, Rob Angus, as well as several of our young autistic supporters and their families who rely on our packs, to discuss the initiatives success and the huge difference it’s making to their lives.

The sensory packs, which are provided free of charge to fans, were produced and funded as part of a collaboration between TrustSTFC, First City Care Group and the Football Supporters Association.

They contain a lanyard, fidget spinner, ear defenders, stress ball and pop-it tray, all neatly housed inside a branded drawstring bag.

They were first officially launched during the League Two fixture against Oldham back in March 2022 and have proved incredibly successful since, with over 200 issued so far as Town show their commitment to making the beautiful game more accessible and welcoming to everyone.

The club have also been approached by a number of League One and Championship clubs who are now looking to follow suit.

Rob Angus, said: “This is a topic that’s very close to my heart. I’ve got two children with autism and understand the challenges young people and their families face, and bringing them to football matches can often be a stressful experience for them all.

“Having bespoke packs for those with sensory needs to help them enjoy a game at SN1 is a really simple, but effective idea, and they’ve had a really positive impact.

“We’re hoping to fund some more over the coming months so we can help more people with autism, regardless of age, come to the County Ground and feel safe in our environment.”

A huge thank you once again to TrustSTFC, First City Care Group and the Football Supporters Association for all their help in getting this initiative off the ground.

 

 


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