Wasps Introduce Sensory Room For Disabled Fans

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27 September 2018

Wasps are the first top-tier rugby club to launch a pitch-facing sensory room for people with disabilities.

The club’s community team have converted two hospitality boxes at the Ricoh Arena into a quiet viewing room and a separate sensory space, where adults and children with autism and other disabilities can watch the action whilst being shielded from loud noise and bright lights.

The sensory room is split into two areas. There is a viewing room where people can sit on bean bags, chairs or high stools to watch the action, and if feeling overwhelmed, there is an adjacent space with calming sensory equipment such as bubble tubes and fibre optic lights.

The idea came about after Wasps fan Neil Boon was inspired by the efforts of the Shippey Campaign, which is a project encouraging the use of viewing sensory rooms within stadiums.

He approached the club after his seven-year-old twins Samuel and Thomas, who both have autism, couldn’t stay for a full rugby match inside the stadium due to the loud noise and lights.

Up to four people and their parents or carers can now watch Wasps home matches for free during the 2018/19 season.

The viewing space and sensory room was funded by Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation and was developed in partnership with the Shippey Campaign.

 

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