AFC Bournemouth and Autism Wessex have launched a new campaign to make football more Autism friendly. The campaign will support football clubs to make small changes that will make a big difference to anyone with autism.
The campaign started at Vitality Stadium at the end of October when Autism Wessex worked with AFC Bournemouth to deliver Autism awareness training to stewards and front of house staff.
Harry Redknapp, Autism Wessex ambassador and former Premier League Football Manager said, “I feel strongly that football should be open to be everyone. It is so important that we remove any barriers that might stop someone from coming along to a match and cheering on their team. That’s why I’m backing this campaign and would urge all clubs to get behind it!”
AFC Bournemouth’s Alice Jeans said, “It was a pleasure to host the training session and importantly to help raise awareness about autism and the support Autism Wessex provide. It’s also important for our staff to understand and appreciate that every supporter’s journey is different. It was great to hear two particular supporters’ experiences first hand and as a Premier League club, it’s very important that all of our supporters have an enjoyable match day experience.”
Level Playing Field Chair Tony Taylor said, “We would like to congratulate AFC Bournemouth and Autism Wessex on the launch of their new campaign. We are delighted that AFC Bournemouth are taking steps to provide an inclusive and accessible experience for fans with Autism. It is important that clubs and venues are accessible to all disabled fans including those with hidden disabilities.”
You can read more and watch a video about the campaign here.