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Three Autism East Midlands Adult Service Users had the opportunity this month, to go and watch Notts County FC vs FC Halifax Town from the Nottingham clubs state of the art sensory rooms. Opened in the 2016-17 season the clubs three bespoke sensory rooms provide a calming environment for families and individuals to watch a live game of the nations most loved sport.

The fixture marked a milestone for the club’s sensory rooms, three years since they were officially opened. To mark the occasion, everyone accessing the sensory boxes for that game were invited to be the official mascots. This meant that everyone had the opportunity to accompany the players on to the pitch for the traditional line up and shaking of opposing team players hands.

All three who attended the day from our Adult Services expressed how much they enjoyed the day:

“I enjoyed meeting the players and walking out onto the pitch with them. I also enjoyed having my photo took with the players, they made me feel special”

“It was very good and I’d like to go again!”

“I enjoyed it, I met the magpies, I had a nice day”

Notts County FC Commercial & Fan Engagement Executive, Alice Kelk who organised for our Adult Service Users to be at the game said,

“It was an absolute honour to organise for our Sensory Room users to be mascots to celebrate our third anniversary of our Sensory Rooms when we hosted FC Halifax Town at Meadow Lane in September. The day included a stadium tour prior to kick off, visiting the changing rooms to get autographs by all the players and walking out with the team and manager at kick-off.

I’m so proud of the work and opportunities that the Club provides to supporters with complex learning difficulties and I’m ever so thankful to our volunteers that attend every home fixture. If you are interested in booking a sensory room on a matchday please contact me on alice.kelk@notttscountyfc.co.uk.”

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Notts County FC and we cannot wait to attend another match this season.