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World Autism Acceptance Week: Wrexham’s autism friendly status

This week is World Autism Acceptance Week, and Level Playing Field sat down with fans and clubs to chat about experiences with autism at live sports events.
Wrexham AFC

Working closely with The National Autistic Society, Wrexham AFC were the first football club in Wales to be officially recognised as an award winning ‘autism friendly’ football club.

The club offer a ‘quiet zone’ within our stadium for every home game of the season if it’s required, as well as regular quiet walkabout sessions, where families are invited in whilst the stadium is closed and can come and learn the route to the quiet zone and see the sensory hub. Staff can also answer any queries and discuss all we offer before they then attend on a busy match day. Autistic supporters and their families are most welcome, along with anyone else who would benefit from sitting in a quieter area of the ground.

Wrexham also provide a ‘quiet hub’, and an accessible toilet is located at the back of the quiet zone. This is available for use if fans require a few minutes away from the crowd and includes seating, sensory lighting and sensory equipment along with activities.

In addition to the above, red ear defenders, blankets and ponchos are available at the Racecourse ground.

The club offer an ‘at seat’ service, allowing disabled supporters to order refreshments from their pitchside seats, so they don’t have to enter the busy concourse and queue. The club have also provided an accessible entrance, which can be used by anyone for whom the turnsiles are not accessible. This again allows disabled supporters to avoid the busy concourse.”

Dedicated familiar-face stewards are present who work this area every matchday. They have been a very welcome addition getting to know the families who attend this area and providing support to those who need it.

Through the success of what Wrexham have built up, the club now hold autism-friendly football sessions during every school holiday.